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‘He can change the game in 40 minutes’ – Rohit Sharma praises Indian youngster’s batting prowess

India defeated Sri Lanka heavily in the recently concluded Test series. Rishabh Pant received the Player of the Series award for his all-around presence on the field. In the post-match interview, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praised the Indian keeper for the abilities that he displayed both in front and behind the stumps. Rishabh Pant scored 185 runs in the series at a strike rate of 120.12.

Fans are well aware of the fact that how Rishabh has matured in his batting approach. He was criticized for being unnecessarily aggressive at the beginning of his career. But with time he has built an aptitude to construct an innings, especially in the longest format of the game.

Rohit Sharma was particularly impressed with Pant’s improvement in keeping. He mentioned that Pant’s keeping skills were on the rise from the England series. Also, the fact that Pant was spot-on in making the right DRS calls made the skipper happy.

“His batting is his batting. We know how he bats and as a team, we just want to give him that freedom to bat in the way that he wants to bat. But also keeping in mind certain situations of the game, where the game is going, we have also conveyed that to him, but we want to stick with his game plan as a team. It just seems to get better and get better – his game plans,” Rohit said during the post-match conference.

“There will be times when you will smash your head and say ‘why did he play that shot’ but again we need to be ready to accept that with him when he bats. And he is somebody who can change the game in 40 minutes.

“And the most significant factor of his in this series was his keeping. His keeping was best that I have seen. He kept well when England came last year and he seems to get better every time he keeps wickets for India, so that is something that I have been very impressed with,” headded.

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