Rishabh Pant made his Test debut back in 2018 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham and has since played 30 matches in the purest format of the game.
Rishabh Pant. Courtesy: Reuters
- Pant has played 30 Tests since his debut in 2018
- Pant has scored 4 centuries in Test cricket
- Sehwag said that Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag reckoned that Rishabh Pant would get his name etched in the history books if he goes on to play 100 Tests for the national team. After making his debut at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Pant has scored 1920 runs from 30 Tests at an average of 40.85 with four centuries and nine half-centuries to his name.
Pant also has notched centuries at the Kennington Oval in London and the Sydney Cricket Ground. Sehwag said that the fans may not remember Pant as much if he mostly focused on playing the limited-overs formats.
SEHWAG ON TEST CRICKET
“In my humble opinion, Test cricket is the ultimate cricket. If he goes on to play 100 + Tests, his name will be etched in the history books forever. Only 11 Indian cricketers have achieved this feat, and everyone can recall those 11 names,” Sehwag was quoted as saying in the upcoming episode of Home of Heroes on Sports18.
Time and time again, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli reiterated the importance of playing Test cricket. Recently, he also played his 100th Test match during India’s two-match Test series against Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium in Kolkata.
Sehwag, popularly known as the Nawab of Najafgarh, cited the 33-year-old Kohli’s example and backed his comments on the purest format of the game.
“Why does Virat Kohli emphasise so much on playing Tests? He knows that if he plays 100-150 or even 200 Tests, he will be immortalised in the record books,” he stated.
Sehwag, who has two triple-centuries to his name in Test cricket, also talked about his approach while facing his first ball in a match.
“Many, including Tendulkar, told me that I planned to hit the first ball to the fence. But I never did. I would be prepared to hit the first ball thinking it would more often be a loosener or a warm-up delivery,” Sehwag added.