Rohit Sharma praises Rishabh Pant for his game changing performance
India skipper Rohit Sharma praised wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s batting style, saying he is a player who can change the game.
India won the second Test by 238 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday, clinching the two-match series 2-0.
“We know how he bats and, as a team, we just want to give him that freedom to bat in the way that he wants to bat. But also keep in mind certain situations of the game, where the game is going, we have conveyed that to him but we want to stick with his game plan as a team,” said Rohit Sharma during a post-match press conference.
“It just seems to get better and get better, his game-plans. There will be times when you will smash your head and say ‘why did he play that shot’, but again, we need to be ready to accept that with him when he bats. He is somebody who can change the game literally in half an hour or 40 minutes of the game. I think what comes with Rishabh Pant, we are ready to accept that,” he added.
Rohit led the team in Test cricket for the first time in this series. He said that he tried to improve his instincts as well as analyse the game.
“There are a few senior members in the team who understand the game well and have their input as well. I have my reading of the game as well. But eventually, you work on instinct and my captaincy philosophy is to take a call on that point that seems right to you, keeping in mind of where the game is going. I try to analyse these things on the ground,” he said
The skipper further praised pacer Jasprit Bumrah for his fierce bowling effort in the two-match series.
“To come out and bowl like that in this kind of conditions shows how much skill and ability he has. However, someone like Bumrah, he’s never out of the game whatever the conditions are,” said the skipper.
“To bowl on certain pitches, you need certain skill-sets. Also he seems to bring those skill-sets into the game depending on what sort of assistance he has from the pitch. In Mohali, we saw a different sort of pitch and he was still effective. This was a different kind of pitch. it was turning and bouncing and everything was happening for spinners,” he added.
This was India’s third day-night Test match victory on home soil in as many matches.