“It seems that big occasions and big matches excite Rishabh Pant,” Zaheer Khan calls the Indian wicketkeeper a big match player

Rishabh Pant won the ODI series for India in England on Sunday with a sparkling, match winning knock

The former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan is of the view that the reason why Rishabh Pant has been able to play several memorable knocks in the big series deciders is that he seems to be hungry for success on big occasions.

According to Zaheer Khan, who was speaking on Cricbuzz, watching Rishabh Pant bat in big games, it doesn’t seem as if he is getting awestruck by the occasion at all. In fact, it seems like he really enjoys the big stages and wants to be in that kind of situation where he can make a difference for his team on a big day.

Rishabh Pant is only 24 at the moment, but he already has quite a few big performances to his name in the series of deciders against big teams.

Pant will be remembered for his Gabba heroics for a long time, but even in the test series in South Africa earlier this year, when the series was on the line, it was Pant who kept India in the game with a hundred.

Rishabh Pant had scored a hundred in the last Test against England at home too

Last year, when India was playing a test series against England at home, Pant scored a hundred there too when the series was 2-1 in favor of India and England could have leveled it. The left-hander replicated that at Edgbaston a few days ago, although England still won the Edgbaston test match.

And then, in the ODI series decider, Rishabh Pant came to the party again for India. According to Zaheer Khan, when Pant is put under pressure, it appears that the pressure brings out the best version of him and that’s what was on display at Old Trafford.

Zaheer Khan has seen Rishabh Pant from close quarters because it was under his captaincy that Pant made his debut in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and had shown his potential in professional cricket at the senior level for the first time.


I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.
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