James Anderson praised Rishabh Pant and its fearlessness, citing the Indian Premier League (IPL) as one of the main reasons for the rise of young batsmen. He also went on to say that every wicket in the Indian battling line-up is important as it is filled with match winners.
Rishabh Pant had swept Anderson over the slip cordon earlier this year when the new ball had arrived. This would never happen with the old generation, as Anderson cites Sourav Ganguly’s style of play as an example. At a press conference ahead of England’s 5-game test series against India, Anderson said:
“Take Rishabh Pant as an example of how you sweep me backwards with a new ball on the last tour of India and you never see Sourav Ganguly doing that. So it’s exciting to see it’s a different challenge for bowlers too when you get those kind of players who aren’t afraid of going over the top in test cricket or playing flamboyant strokes. I think it’s great for the audience to watch at home.“
“It’s something that made me happy and it was a real experience playing against different generations of thugs. I think the IPL generation of players can definitely see a difference and a fearless approach, not afraid to play every stroke in any format.“he continued.
“We have to make a plan for everyone and every wicket is important – James Anderson
Anderson claimed that every Indian wicket was important considering the caliber and role of each batsman. Although India is getting into the First Test and has already lost some players to injuries, Anderson believes they are still very strong in the overall hit order.
“India has a very strong batting team and as an opponent you don’t want to single out players because they consistently have high quality batsmen. Kohli is obviously an important wicket as he is the captain and has a positive impact on the team.
“Pujara is someone who can stay at the crease for a long time and hold things together. But we can’t single out a single batsman so we have to make a plan for everyone and every wicket is important.“, Concluded the 38-year-old.
The first test between England and India will begin on August 4th, Wednesday, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The caravan will then move to the home of cricket, that of the Lord.