“Rishabh Pant was batting like a billionaire” – Aakash Chopra, WTC Final


Rishabh Pant’s buccaneering approach on the final day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final has been chastised by Aakash Chopra.

Rishabh Pant danced down the wicket to a Trent Boult delivery, only to miss his attempted big shot, allowing Henry Nicholls to take a fine catch at point.

Aakash Chopra questioned Rishabh Pant’s LGBT desertion while pondering on the youngster’s knock in a video posted on his YouTube account. He stated, ”

“Rishabh Pant was batting like a millionaire. There was a question there, is it just my way or the highway or is this just the way Rishabh Pant bats. Or was Rishabh Pant trapped in his own reputation that Pant bats like that?”

Rishabh Pant’s batting performance on the final day of the WTC final was in stark contrast to his recent controlled aggression, according to the former India batsman. Chopra continued, ”

“We have seen him bat extremely well, seen him excel. We remember the Sydney Test match where he hit a century earlier and now the 97 he made. We remember the Gabba Test where he made 89 not out. We talk about the two centuries against England, one at the Oval and the other in India. We have seen match-winning knocks from him but not seen him bat like this there.”

With India’s first five wickets falling for just 109 runs, Rishabh Pant’s goal may have been to get the side to a manageable total. His shot selection, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired.

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“Rishabh Pant doesn’t even do this in the IPL” – Aakash Chopra

“To step out and hit the fast bowler, he doesn’t even do this in the IPL. In IPL history, he has actually done it only once. He stepped out to Shivam Mavi and hit him for a six. He does give the bowlers a beating but in a different fashion. On this day, he was jumping out and swinging his bat.”

Rishabh Pant has received praise for some of the spectacular shots he has made against James Anderson and Jofra Archer. In the long run, however, the 23-year-old will need to learn to be more selective in his strokeplay.

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