World number 1 Test bower Pat Cummins has talked highly of Rishabh Pant and expressed his desire to be as fearless as the India wicketkeeper-batsman.
The Australian pace spearhead has called the 23-year-old brave, adding that he took the challenge head-on during the Australia tour and did what “50 other players” must not have imagined.
“As a fan, you always tend to enjoy someone who is playing a completely different game than everybody else. They are fearless, you look at them and feel geez wish I could do that as well, geez he was Brave. So, I think in three recent series it was Rishabh Pant,” Cummins told Australian seamer Joshua Lalor in a show called ‘Morton Someday’.
“You just got to say well done when someone plays like that, takes the game on and it comes off. You’ve probably got 50 other players who probably wouldn’t have taken the game on like that. He’s always good to watch,” Cummins added.
Pant, who was recently named captain of the Delhi Capitals side for IPL 2021, has been in sublime form ever since he got to play in the Boxing Day Test against Australia last year.
Rishabh Pant made a mockery out of the 328-run target on the final day of the fourth and decisive Test and smashed an unbeaten 89 off 138 to help India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Coming into the Test match, the series was levelled at 1-1. Also, Australia had not lost in Brisbane, where the final Test was played, since 1988 but Rishabh Pant and India broke the proud streak of the hosts.
The 23-year-old had not got the opportunity to play in the series opener but ended up as the highest run-scorer for India in the series with 274 runs. After finishing the match with a boundary off Josh Hazlewood, Pant had said that team management rate him as a match-winner and each day of his life passes on with the thought of winning matches for India.
Notably, Pant had played a blinder of a knock in Sydney (third) Test as well. With India needing 407 runs in the final innings, Pant had scored 97 off 118, giving India a chance to go for the win. However, visitors changed plans and settled for a draw after his departure.
Pant weaved magic with his batting and wicketkeeping skills in the recently-concluded Test, T20I and ODI series against England as well.