Ind vs Eng: VVS Laxman says Rishabh Pant can make opposition captain feel the heat if he gets going

Ind vs Eng Rishabh Pant

Ind vs Eng: Former India batsman VVS Laxman has said that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has the quality of making the opposition captain feel the heat once he spends some time in the middle.

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Pant played a match-winning knock of 101 runs against England in the first innings of the fourth Test against England and this helped the hosts to win the series 3-1. With this win, India also progressed to the final of the World Test Championship which will be played from June 18-22 against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. “In this situation, it could just strengthen the finishers in the Indian team because over the last one and one and half years , we are overly dependent on Hardik Pandya, and Jadeja when he comes at number 7, but he plays cameos. But if there is one batsman in the Indian batting line-up who from the first ball can play those shots is Hardik Pandya. Rishabh Pant with the kind of form and maturity; it’s not only about the form but the maturity with which he’s batted in test matches, I think he will be a matchwinner,” Laxman said on Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’.

“We have seen him play under pressure for Delhi Capitals and win matches. As a left-hand batsman, he gives that option where the opposition captain can feel the heat once he gets going. I think he is a great addition and I hope they don’t judge him by one or two innings because if you’re keeping in mind the world cup, it can be a long rope. Once he has the security, we know that he can win matches just by himself,” he added.

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VVS Laxman feels Suryakumar Yadav is a perfect role model for youngsters

He’s a perfect role model for youngsters,” said former India batsman VVS Laxman while praising Suryakumar Yadav, who has earned his maiden call-up into the Indian team.

The right-handed batsman has been picked in the T20 squad for the upcoming five-match series against England, beginning this Friday. While praising Suryakumar, Laxman said that the 31-year-old is a perfect example of how success is not too far away if one stays patient.

He deserves it, I think he is a great role model for youngsters, especially in India; because they lose patience very quickly – because all positive run-getters in first-class cricket expect to get into the Indian team – but it is difficult. There is so much quality, so much talent, and so much competition, but what did Suryakumar do? – he goes back to first-class cricket, scores runs for Mumbai, whenever he gets an opportunity for Mumbai Indians – he is a positive run-getter,” said Laxman on Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’.

“He plays in tough situations and wins the match and that’s what you expect from a player. Ultimately there is a saying which my coach taught me early on, ‘If the selectors are not opening the door, break open the door!’, the only way you can do that is by your performance – we’re not sure if he will get to play in the playing XI but he definitely deserves a spot in the squad of that T20 Indian team,” he added.

Pant has been in remarkable form over the last two-three months as he played good quality knocks at Sydney and Brisbane against Australia. The wicketkeeper-batsman was a destroyer in chief in the final and fourth Test at the Gabba, helping India breach Australia’s fortress after a span of 32 years.

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The youngster was not in the squad for the white-ball leg against Australia but his performances in the longest format have earned him a call-up into India’s squad for the five-match series against England, beginning this Friday.