Ex-outfield coach reveals advice from Ravi Shastri that helped Pant earlier in his career

Former outfield coach reveals Ravi Shastri’s advice that helped Rishabh Pant earlier in his career. Photo credit: BCCI


  • Rishabh Pant was India’s top scorer in the first leg of the Birmingham Test.
  • Pant scored 146 runs from 111 balls.
  • It was Pant’s fifth century in Test cricket.
India‘s wicketkeeper striker Rishabh Pant was on fire on day one of the rescheduled Test against England as he helped India recover from a slump down the middle to spot a decent total on the board. India were struggling at 98 for five from 28 overs when Pant joined Ravindra Jadeja to add 222 runs for the sixth wicket and put India out of harm’s way.
Thanks to the brilliance of the duo, India managed to post a total of 416 runs in the first innings. Both Jadeja and Pant have scored centuries, and Pant, who is Jasprit Bumrah’s assistant in the current Test at Edgbaston, had the highest score with 146. During his time in the crease he faced 111 balls and scored 20 fours and four sixes.
He shrugged off concerns about his batting form and reached his fifth Test century on just 89 balls. Reacting to Pant’s heroism in the first set, former India coach R Sridhar had nothing but praise for the youngster.

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Sridhar, who worked with Pant during his time with the Indian team, revealed an incident from the past, in which then Indian head coach Ravi Shastri’s advice at Stumper helped him.

“When Rishabh Pant needed a rap on his fingers early in his career…he was coming out in test cricket after getting 30-40. I remember Ravi (Shastri) went to talk to him, ‘look at you “We can do it all right, but you have to be a little patient here. There are six outfielders on the boundary line. Why do you need to clear them? Just take singles and let them go up,” said Sridhar during a discussion on Sony Sports Network.

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If on the first day of the Edgbaston test it was Pant’s turn, on the second day it was skipper Jasprit Bumrah’s luck. The 28-year-old, on his debut as captain, first hammered 31 runs unbeaten from just 16 balls and then picked up 3 wickets for 35 runs to turn the game in India’s favour.

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