Rishabh Pant blew England away with an astonishing 146 punch from just 111 balls to put India in the driver’s seat on Day 1 of the pending, rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston. Pant’s stunning attack on the English bowlers helped India recover after being brought back 98 to five in one go. The accolades poured in from all over the world and the Indian wicketkeeper batter received high praise for his attacking style of play. Former England captain Michael Vaughan also praised Pant, but at the same time managed to scare off some fans by comparing his knock to Jonny Bairstow’s.
“This is great to see.. @RishabhPant17 doing a Jonny B,” Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 1, 2022
The Englishman was referring to Jonny Bairstow’s superlatives with the bat in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand, which England won 3-0.
In the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge against New Zealand, Bairstow hit 136 from 92 balls to help the hosts score a five-wicket win chasing 299 for the win.
He followed it up with a 95-ball barrel in the next Test at Headingley, scoring 162 from 157 balls.
However, fans reminded Vaughan that Pant has been hitting like he did in Edgbaston for a while now.
A better description would be: Jonny B played like Rishabh last week… Rishabh did Bazball long before Bazball was even a thing. https://t.co/6Z8zIsaaVb
— Satirical sort (@sarvamsarcasm) July 1, 2022
Pant has been doing it since 2018 while Jonny is from the last series. I know you’re biased, but at least get your facts right 🙂
— Shoaib (@ShoaibYahiya) July 1, 2022
Jonny B or rather the entire English team has literally been doing a Rishabh P since last month
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) July 1, 2022
Jonny only does this from the last series and pants do this from his first test match so Jonny copies the style of pants
— himanshu dixit (@dixit_nanu) July 1, 2022
Why you should compare to an English dude instead of just appreciating him. Anyway, Pant has been doing this for 3 years and your Johnny has been doing it for almost 4-5 games. Spot the difference Mr. No Odi Hundred Captain.
— Chinmay Deshmukh (@chinmay70777) July 1, 2022
No Johnny did a Pant show in the NZ series… pic.twitter.com/4XvVBlji9c
— MUHILAN (@MuhilanRaja) July 1, 2022
Sorry Michael… Rishab is just doing Rishab’s stuff! No disrespect to JB, he would need at least some of those strokes from England to qualify for doing a Rishab!
— Kumar Gautam (@aries_gautam25) July 1, 2022
On Friday, Pant’s superb counter-attacking century helped India to 338 for seven by punches on opening day.
The wicketkeeper hit 19 fours and four sixes as he dominated a partnership of 222 with fellow lefthander Ravindra Jadeja, 83 not out on punches.
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