Cricket
Mon, 29 Mar 2021

Michael Vaughan calls this Indian batsman a 'freak' for his batting style in the series

India's young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been in sublime form ever since his return to the Australia tour last year. He has been featured in the final two ODIs in the three-match ODI series and scored two blistering fifties as well. While in the first game, he scored 77 off 40, the next game witnessed a 68-ball 72.

It was the partnership between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya who laid the winning foundation for India. Although a massive total of more than 350 was expected, the hosts could manage to post 329 runs on the board, after the duo got out, in the third ODI in Pune. The Pant-Pandya duo stitched a 99-run stand in just 70 balls and received a lot of praises from experts as well and former England cricketer Michael Vaughan is one of them who gave a special appreciation for the swashbuckling left-handed batsman who top-scored for India in the 3rd ODI as well.

Michael Vaughan was quite impressed with Rishabh Pant’s recent batting form and has applauded the 23-year-old for his ‘freak’ nature as well. "I will be honest with you. I think he is just a freak. He just does things his way. I would not suggest many to try and play the way Rishabh Pant does, because he is so unique," Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.

"One thing I would say to the youngsters watching Rishabh Pant is just his mindset. He looks so relaxed. When he goes out, and the pressure was on, he just looks like he is playing in the park. He is not playing for India, he is just playing cricket which he has played for many, many years. Be it U11s, U15s, U19s, and now the national team - it's just a game of cricket for him. And that's such a refreshing attitude and it's very difficult to have that attitude," he further added.

However, Rishabh Pant earlier faced a lot of criticisms for his attacking and fearless nature on batting but he is now praised all over the cricket fraternity for his natural game. Vaughan, meanwhile, believes that his style is his own and he shouldn’t try to emulate it too.

"I would tell youngsters that it is difficult to copy his technique, but you can certainly copy his mindset. He just looks like he is enjoying batting. He just looks like he is having a bit of fun. He backs himself, he is confident obviously. And with this unique technique, he is so difficult to bowl to. When he starts flicking in, not moving his feet, he generally goes against everything coaching tells you to do, he does the opposite, but it works. He is brilliant," he concluded.

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