England vs India: Rishabh Pant is Brian Lara of wicketkeepers, says former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif

East Pakistan has heaped praise on Rishabh Pant for his game-changing knock of 146 against England in the ongoing Test at Edgbaston.

Rishabh Pant (courtesy: Reuters)

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  • Pant scored a brilliant 146 to save India from batting collapse
  • Latif praises Indian wicketkeeper’s innings
  • India’s 416. In reply, England are currently at 84 for five.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif while talking about his incredible innings against England in the ongoing Test heaped praise on Rishabh Pant and called him the Brian Lara of wicket-keepers.

Pant hit an aggressive 146 off 111 balls during the first day of the match at Edgbaston as he and Ravindra Jadeja saved India from a batting collapse. His innings included 19 fours and four sixes. The wicketkeeper’s innings helped the visitors reach 416 runs in the first innings.

Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Latif analyzed the 24-year-old’s innings and called him the ‘Brian Lara of wicketkeepers’. The former Pakistan captain said that despite Pant’s limited leg speed, he has the ability to pick up the ball quickly.

“He (Rishabh Pant) is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers. The match is taking place in Birmingham, the same venue where Brian Lara scored 501 for Warwickshire. You must have seen a glimpse of him (Lara) in Pant’s innings today (Friday). Pant has limited legs, but he can pick up the ball quickly,” said Latif.

The former Pakistan captain also said that Pant let the ball come to him and did not stop himself from trying to score when given a chance.

“He let the ball come to him. The 2-3 shots played towards midwicket against the fast bowlers were excellent. England tried to build the pressure with four slips and a gully which meant there weren’t enough fielders outside. Whenever he got a chance (to score), Pant never stopped,” said Latif.

Responding to India’s first innings score, England find themselves in a world of trouble as they are currently at 84 for five. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes are at the crease for the hosts and this is their last recognized batting pairing. England need to reach a score of 216 to avoid a follow-on.