Mike Hesson Praises India’s Rishabh Pant

Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 10 Jun 2021

Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has applauded India’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been in sublime form and the veteran believes that his new-found confidence will help him to play well.

Hesson further added that Rishabh Pant will bat at No. 6 in the inaugural World Test Championship final, which will take place between India and New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 and he is likely to impress everyone there also.

However, Rishabh Pant too had faced rejection earlier as he was dropped from the squad and only returned after India’s rather forgetful defeat in the first Test against Australia. He then left his mark by playing match-winning knocks there and then maintained his rich form in the England series at home as well not only with the bat but also with the gloves.

“I think he’s more confident, more settled on the international stage now. Therefore, he’s able to play the way he wants to play. He has earned enough credit within his team as well,” Mike Hesson told the Press Trust of India.”He also does the hard work first, so it’s not a reckless play. He allows himself that chance to show a bit of flair, which we all enjoy watching.”

Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper-batsman Kiran More has also praised him, citing that Rishabh Pant will play a key role for the Indian team in the much-anticipated summit clash against New Zealand.

“I feel he (Rishabh Pant) will once again be the key player for us in the World Test Championship final and also in the England series. He is on top of his game at the moment and I think he feels confident enough to change the course of the game with the bat from any position,” Kiran More was quoted as saying by rediff.com. “I believe he has settled down nicely now. This is his second tour to England, in fact, the third tour if you consider the World Cup in 2019. He knows the conditions well, he has scored a century in a Test match. With the gloves too, I believe he will do a good job.”02


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