Jul 2, 2022, 10:37 IST

Told Pant 'I'm bored, try something outrageous!!!


Former head coach Ravi Shastri revealed a conversation he had with Rishabh Pant last year during India's home series against England said, "Last year I was talking to Pant and I told him I am getting bored seeing you throwing it away in the same fashion every time, aren't you bored as well? So why don't you try something different, something more outrageous... like a reverse sweep maybe? And I saw his eyes light up. It's very important to back a player's ability," Shastri said during commentary on Sky Sports.

Rishabh Pant scored his third Test century against England. (Getty)

Shastri said Pant then went on to reverse sweep James Anderson in the Ahmedabad Test against a second new ball and then played that shot to a much quicker Jofra Archer in the white-ball series that followed.

“He reverses swept Jack Leach a couple of times. In the next Test, he did that against Anderson. Took a step ahead by reverse sweeping Jofra Archer, one of their fastest bowlers in the limited-overs series,” Shastri added when Pant was going hammer and tongs.

"He doesn't waste time - what I liked today was the way he managed his innings," Shastri said of Pant. He wasn't prepared to take those high-risk shots early on. Even when he came down the track to Anderson it was measured. He knew exactly what he was doing and he's that kind of player. He puts the pressure back on the opposition straight away."