Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman expects Rishabh Pant to beat Pant in his natural style on Day 3 of the ongoing Nottingham Test as he has been licensed by management. However, he also warned the youths not to take imputed risks as the conditions against the batsmen are being prosecuted.
The game remains in balance as India has 58 runs behind them after England with 4 wickets after a 97-run opening between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who is still at goal and scored a fifty on his return, with 4 Wickets stormed back into the game to test eleven.
Rahul struck cautiously and with a bit of luck also helped when he was dropped in slips by Dom Sibley to endure his half century in difficult conditions and against a strong tempo attack.
“I think I expect both of them to continue their style of play. At KL Rahul he would be lucky that Dom Sibley dropped him, which in my opinion should have been taken on the second slip, ”VVS Laxman told ESPNcricinfo.
“Rishabh Pant will play his natural game. He has received a license from the team management to play his nature game. Because once he supports his natural instincts, Rishabh Pant is the most dangerous batsman he can be, ”he added.
Playing your natural game doesn’t mean throwing the bat at everything: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman spoke more about Rishabh Pant and was unimpressed by the left-hander’s way of dealing with James Anderson early in his innings. Not only did Pant wag his bat at the supplies outside – he missed a few, bandaged a few – he also stormed over to Anderson, who was on his fourth ball. Pant could also have lost his wicket if that failure had landed near an outfield player.
VVS Laxman recalled how southpaws came out in a similar fashion in the WTC finals; He hopes the youngster has learned from his mistakes. The 46-year-old continued to claim to play the “natural game” – he said batsmen need to learn that being free is not about attacking anything, it is about taking calculated risks while respecting the good balls.
“But I just hope he learns from how he did in the second innings of the World Test Championship final. Playing your natural game doesn’t mean you keep stepping out and throwing your racket at anything in your way. It’s about knowing which area should be positive and which area or length or line should be a little defensive and respect the good deliveries.
“We saw that from Rishabh Pant in Sydney and Brisbane, and we saw that in Ahmedabad and Chennai too. I think this is the kind of mental approach I expect from Rishabh Pant because you will never see him play a muffled punch. He has the clarity, he has this license and I am sure that he will express himself on the third day, ”concluded the former batsman.
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