In the aftermath of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, where India suffered a humiliating eight-wicket loss against New Zealand, many have called for an overhaul in the Indian team. While some are keen to question the selection of Pujara, others are after Rishabh Pant and his attacking approach in the sport.
Rishabh got out in the first innings to a brilliant ball from Kyle Jamieson but threw his wicket away while playing a rash shot against Trent Boult. However, he did score some valuable runs, but his choice of shot (coming down the wicket to loft against Boult) was criticized by numerous fans around the country.
However, former England cricketer Graeme Swann has offered his support to Pant, and also pleaded the Indian cricket fans not to change Pant’s technique. He also said that people shouldn’t try to fix what isn’t broke.
“He is a match-winner. All I want to say to cricket fans in India – don’t fix what isn’t broken. You have some absolute goldmine ready to be unearthed and used well for 10 years. Don’t change Rishabh Pant. Let him fail. Let him be. He is absolutely worth it,” Swann told SportsKeeda.
“India have got an absolute superstar in Rishabh Pant going in at 6 or 7. Just go back one Test match in India’s history. That magnificent century he scored against England (in Ahmedabad) that won them that series. Never forget that.”
“It was a counter-attacking innings, played against the grind, playing against the spin a lot of times. It was a brilliant hundred. Had he got in there and ‘played the situation’ and tried to block it, India would not have won that game. It is as simple as that,” Swann concluded.
India will now play a five-match Test series against England, which is going to be a blockbuster one and Rishabh will have a key role to play in the series.