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Sydney Test: Rishabh Pant’s approach in 4th innings was perfect for the conditions, says Ricky Ponting

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has been critical of India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s keeping skills, was appreciative of his batting on Monday.

Rishabh Pant scored 97 runs off 118 balls on Day 5 of SCG Test

Rishabh Pant scored 97 runs off 118 balls on Day 5 of SCG Test (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant played a fantastic innings and scored 97 runs off 118 balls on Monday
  • He also stitched together a crucial 148-run partnership with Cheteshar Pujara
  • Pujara played a valiant innings of 77 of 205 balls with a strike rate of 38

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was surprised that the Sydney pitch hadn’t deteriorated much even on Day 5 of the third Test on Monday and said that India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s approach in the final innings of the match was the perfect one.

Most former cricketers and commentators had earlier predicted that India would struggle in the fourth innings and said that scoring above 200 would be difficult on this pitch.

“So much for the prediction of India scoring under 200, this pitch hasn’t deteriorated anywhere near what I was expecting. Like the way Rishabh Pant’s playing, it’s the perfect approach to take in these conditions. And now it’s game on #AUSvIND,” Ricky Ponting said on Monday.

Rishabh Pant played a fantastic innings and scored 97 runs off 118 balls to keep India in the game until the final session of play in the Sydney Test. He also stitched together a crucial 148-run partnership with Cheteshar Pujara, who displayed a different approach that Ponting has earlier been critical of.

But Pujara played a valiant innings of 77 of 205 balls with a strike rate of 38 until he was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.

Pant has to work on his keeping skills, says Ponting

Just earlier this week, Ponting had been critical of Pant for his wicket-keeping skills.

“I’ve said it all along, the knock on Rishabh is always going to be on his keeping.

“Since his debut in Test cricket, he’s dropped more catches than any other keeper in the world. That highlights he has got some work to do with his keeping,” Ponting had said.

Pant had dropped Will Pucovski twice – on 26 and 32 – but was lucky that the Australia opener didn’t go on to make a big score on a good batting track at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


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