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IND vs ENG: Rahul Dravid Told Me To Play According To The Ball – Rishabh Pant After His Remarkable Ton On Day 1 Of 5th Test


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India was in the game at a perilous 98 for 5, but Pant came knocking boundaries and taking India to a magnificent 338 for 7 stumps, his brilliant 111-ball innings had 19 boundaries and 4 sixes.

Twitter and the Media world is crazy with Rishabh Pant smashing a century at Edgbaston Test.

Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record for the quickest century by an Indian hitter in the longest format with his 89-ball total. He also made history reaching more than one century being the only foreign wicket-keeper in a foreign test on English soil.

Rishab has given credit for his game to his late childhood Coach Tarak Sinha and the current Indian team Head Coach Rahul Dravid.

He was quoted in the Republic World media as saying about Coach Tarak:

“Yes, I’ve worked a lot on my defence. My coach, Tarak Sinha Sir had told me long back that you can attack any bowler but at the same time he has always stressed to focus on playing defensively.

“You can’t be defensive or attacking with each ball. I try to focus on each ball and play according to its merit. It’s a good sign to show respect to a good ball. I’m not focusing much on the defence rather I’m focused on my game.

“I might play some different shots sometimes but it’s about giving your 100 per cent. If a ball is there to be hit, I go for it. I just try to back it over a period of time and that’s actually helping me.”

After Day1, during a press conference, Pant was asked about a conversation he had with Head Coach Rahul Dravid before the game. He replied by saying that Dravid had told him to play accordingly to the situation and focus on one ball at a time. Pant was quoted as saying:

“When you lose too many wickets early on, you have to give yourself more time. I just tried to stage partnership with Jaddu Bhai and not lose a wicket before tea and it worked for us. (Coach) Rahul (Dravid) Bhai told me that I should play one ball at a time and not focus too much on other things.

“The discussion was about creating small, small partnerships, maybe in 25-30s, that’s how you convert it into a big one. Yes there was pressure early on, but I just focused in the process. It’s about what I want to do as a player and not what the opposition is thinking,” he said.


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