In a short span of cricketing career, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has become a household name in the Indian cricket arenas. At just 21, his fearlessness has left many cricket stalwarts astonished. Perhaps this is the reason why former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has compared Pant with the legendary Virender Sehwag. Manjrekar’s comment has come just a day after Pant’s incredible knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator clash in Visakhapatnam.
The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) are now just one victory away from qualifying for the finals of the tournament and that too for the first time in the competition’s entire history. Pant played an integral role in that victory against SRH. While chasing a stiff target of 163 runs in the penultimate clash, Delhi team got reduced to a very troublesome situation at 111 for 5 after 15 overs. Sunrisers had made a brilliant comeback on the back of Khaleel Ahmed taking some quick wickets after Prithvi Shaw got Delhi off to a fabulous start.
But then Pant took the onus on himself and went berserk in Basil Thampi’s over, smashing the fast bowler for a blistering total of 22 runs. Pant cracked 49 runs from just 21 balls as Delhi chased down the total with 1 ball to spare. Pant’s 21-ball onslaught consisted of two fours and as many as five sixes.
Never try and change him
Former Indian cricketer who has turned a commentator now, Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter on Friday to make some bold claims about Rishabh Pant. Manjrekar termed Pant as the current generation’s Virender Sehwag. He stated that he was very much astonished after watching Pant’s batting in the recent game against Hyderabad. Manjrekar also noted that Pant needs to be treated differently from the rest and urged the people to never think of changing his game.
“Penny dropped for me last night. Rishabh is this generation’s Viru. The batsman who needs to be treated differently…which is to just let him be. You either pick him or drop him but never try & change him,” Sanjay Manjrekar wrote on Twitter.
Penny dropped for me last night. Rishabh is this generation’s Viru. Batsman who needs to be treated differently...which is to just let him be. You either pick him or drop him but never try & change him.#RishabhPant— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 9, 2019