Extremely pleased with the way Rishabh batted Pant in India’s second innings, the teams’ bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said on Thursday that the stunter got the points when the team needed them most. Pant produced a combative undefeated hundred in the face of some hostile bowling by the home bowlers in difficult circumstances. India set Proteas a goal of 212 runs, thanks to Pant’s fearless approach. “They were fantastic innings that really got us back in the game. From a personal perspective there is pressure on him (Pant), clearly in a couple of innings he didn’t get any points, but got points at a crucial stage for the team, which is important,” said Mhambrey after the match on the third day of play.
Pant was criticized for his poor shot selection in his previous innings, but came up with a stunning knock on Thursday.
“And it set the game (up) nicely for us and I think I’m really happy with the way he played. It wasn’t an easy wicket to save but (he) showed a lot of character there, really pleased,” said Mohammed.
The coach was pleased that Pant reacted to the situation in the best possible way, as he did not play a hasty shot and continued to focus on building partnerships.
“At that stage you ideally wanted a partnership and you have someone like Virat (Kohli) on the other side, you wanted to have a nice partnership, and it happened.
“At that stage, as a batsman, sometimes you (have to) also sit in the background and judge the circumstances and say what is right at the time. In terms of going ahead for the game and in that sense he (Pant) will hit very Good.” Mhambrey said Pant realized that after the skipper was fired, Pant took on the leadership role.
“Once you lost Virat, he had to take that lead role and he did and then he partnered with the tail-enders too. He hit very wisely and gave us a great chance to win a test from here.” Mhambrey hoped the conditions would give his pacers a fair chance to fight and all they need is to reach the right height.
“It’s not an easy wicket, I think there’s a little bit of awkward bounce on a patch, which has been made, but it’s not going to be an easy wicket.
“We still know that even today in the later stages a few balls kicked up, hit the glove, hit the chest. Keep it simple, hit the right areas and be patient,” the bowling coach signed.
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