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'Chala toh chaand tak, nahin toh shaam tak': Former Pakistan captain reacts after Rishabh Pant's maiden ODI hundred

While chasing 260 in the third ODI Pant finished off the game as he remained not out 125.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 20 July 2022 02:23 PM

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Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif has recently found a hilarious analogy to describe Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s batting. Latif said that when Pant plays well, then the sky is the limit, but there are days he will even get out cheaply, which happened in the second game against England.

While speaking on his “Caught Behind” YouTube channel, Rashid Latif lauded Pant for scoring his maiden century as he along with Hardik Pandya recused India from being reduced at 72-4 while chasing 260. Pant finished off the game as he remained not out 125.

Rashid Latif said, “Uska toh chala toh chaand tak, nahin toh shaam tak. We are all aware of that about him. Despite surviving that terrifying shock Jos Buttler also fits into that description. But I would argue that his batting was exceptional, especially against quick bowlers, because of the poise he displayed in his execution.”

“And this is not the only instance of it that we have witnessed. Rishabh’s name keeps coming up in discussions about this England tour, the last one, and the series against South Africa” Rashid Latif added.

He is someone who can absorb pressure and then attack: Gavaskar

Similarly, Sunil Gavaskar expressed that Pant has improved from his mistakes as he played without going haywire against England. The Little Master then pointed out how Rishabh didn’t chase the ball outside the off and presented a responsible batting display. 

Gavaskar said, “Rishabh Pant seems to have learned from his mistakes against South Africa. He chased balls outside off stump to slog them over the leg side then, but the way he batted with responsibility yesterday shows how well he paced his innings.”

Gavaskar then addressed how Rishabh Pant counter-attacked with boundaries against pressure towards the end. “The way he smashed a flurry of boundaries towards the end showed that he is someone who can absorb pressure and then attack," he added. “We will need to wait and see (whether Pant is able to replicate this form in T20Is). He might have found the right template to play white ball cricket," he further said.

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