Can't imagine an Indian side without Pant: Bell
I cant imagine an Indian side without Rishabh Pant in it, says former England batsman Ian Bell and calls the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman a rare talent, who played with a lot of maturity against the Englishmen recently.Making a comeback into the Indian white-ball side, Pant was promoted to No. 4 and the 23-year-old did not disappoint. Incredible to watch, a real match-winner, Bell added.The highly-rated Pant has been in incredible form across formats this year.PTI | London | Updated: 29-03-2021 14:48 IST | Created: 29-03-2021 14:48 IST
''I can't imagine an Indian side without Rishabh Pant in it,'' says former England batsman Ian Bell and calls the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman a ''rare talent'', who played with a lot of maturity against the Englishmen recently.
''We've seen a mature series and that's quite rare at the moment for seeing someone playing like that.
''I think it's a rare talent and this is just the start of him now having a successful career. Incredible to watch, a real match-winner,'' Bell added.
The highly-rated Pant has been in incredible form across formats this year. He played match-winning knocks of 97 and unbeaten 89 in the third and the fourth Test against Australia to help India clinch the Border Gavaskar Trophy Down Under.
He scored a century against England in the fourth Test, compelling the selectors to include him in the white-ball squads.
In the series-deciding third ODI on Sunday, which India won by seven runs, he was the top scorer with his 62-ball 78.
''He's had a fantastic series, hasn't he? Across all three formats. I saw a real calmness about him today. It's not only high-risk, slogging or anything like that,'' Bell said.
''Also, he gets off strike and rotates it. So I imagine that those bowlers at the end of their mark are thinking that if they get it slightly wrong, Pant does hurt them. ''We've seen a maturity as this series has gone on. That Test match hundred again would have given him a lot of confidence,'' he added.
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