Rishabh Pant: The second Test between India and England is currently in progress in Chennai with Team India in the drivers’ seat after posting 329 in the first innings on the back of Pant’s blitzkrieg cameo of 58* off 81 balls as the hosts go past the 300-run mark. The wicketkeeper-batsman started dealing in boundaries as he went on to register another Test fifty and left stranded at 58 not out.
Speaking on Star Sports Show during the Lunch break on Day 2, former England player Mark Butcher said that Pant has become a valuable player for Team India. On the second over of the day, Moeen Ali dismissed Axar Patel and Ishant. But then Pant launched the counter-attack. The southpaw showcased why he is a threat against any opposition on any of the surfaces.
Meanwhile, Pant came out to bat when India were 248/4 and amassed another blitzkrieg half-ton. He smacked 7 fours and 3 huge sixes in the process and propelled India to the match-winning score on Chepauk's turning pitch. Earlier on Day 1, Rohit Sharma smacked a scintillating knock of 161 runs while Rahane also scored a fine half-century. For England, Moeen has picked four wickets and three wickets go to debutant Stone's belt.
''He was gutted that he ran out of partners, wasn't he? He took a single off the first ball of Olly Stone, and exposed the rest of the tailenders for the rest of the over and Stone finished things off. He continues to impress ever since he's got back to the Indian team at Melbourne. He has impressed with the bat,'' he said.
"He has work to do as wicketkeeper but all the while they are getting this sort of productivity out of him with the bat in the lower order and the fact that he scares the life out of opposition's captain because he can score so quickly. He is becoming an incredibly valuable player for the Indian team," Butcher added.