England vs India: Rishabh Pant is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers, says former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif

Former Pakistan has heaped praise on Rishabh Pant for his gamechanging innings of 146 against England in the ongoing Test at Edgbaston.

Rishabh Pant (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pant scored a magnificent 146 to rescue India from a batting collapse
  • Latif praised the Indian wicketkeeper for his knock
  • England are currently 84 for five in response to India’s 416

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has heaped praise on Rishabh Pant, calling him the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers while talking about his incredible knock against England in the ongoing Test.

Pant played an aggressive knock of 146 from 111 balls during Day One of the match at Edgbaston as he and Ravindra Jadeja saved India from a batting collapse. His innings consisted of 19 boundaries and four sixes. The wicketkeeper’s innings helped the visitors reach a formidable 416 in the first innings.

Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Latif analyzed the innings by the 24-year-old and labelled him as the ‘Brian Lara of wicketkeepers.’ The former Pakistan captain said that despite Pant’s limited foot movement, he has the ability to pick the ball early.

“He (Rishabh Pant) is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers. This match is taking place in Birmingham, the same place where Brian Lara scored 501 for Warwickshire. You must have seen his (Lara’s) glimpses in Pant’s knock today (Friday). Pant has limited feet movement, but he can pick the ball early,” said Latif.

The former Pakistan skipper also said that Pant allowed the ball to come to him and never stopped himself from trying to score when he was presented with the opportunity.

“He let the ball come to him. 2-3 shots that he played towards midwicket against fast bowlers were outstanding. England tried to put pressure with four slips and a gully, which meant there weren’t enough fielders outside. Pant never stopped whenever he got any chance (to score),” said Latif.

In response to India’s first innings score, England find themselves in a world of trouble as they’re currently 84 for five. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes are at the crease for the hosts and it is their last recognized batting pair. England need to reach the score of 216 to avoid the follow-on.

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