“His natural bat swing and fearless approach makes him a special player” Ravichandran Ashwin on Rishabh Pant

Ashwin also revealed how India stands chance over England in the upcoming Test series after the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was all praises for Rishabh Pant’s natural bat swing and Pant’s approach towards the game. Ashwin feels that these two aspects of Pant’s game make him a special player. Rishabh Pant can take away a game from opposition Ashwin believes.

With many former Indian players, international coaches, commentators, and pundits speaking highly about Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin was the latest to join the bandwagon. Ashwin while conversating with the New Indian Express, discussed India’s preparation in a build-up to the WTC final.

“We all know what sort of player Rishabh is. He can take the game away from the opposition,” Ashwin told. “We have the luxury of batting the keeper at No. 6 and playing five bowlers, which is so crucial for the (team) combination. His natural bat swing and fearless approach make him a special player and a talent to watch,” Ashwin added.

In the recent series Down Under, Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.5 against Australia. Pant against England in India – 270 runs averaging 54.

Ashwin who has 409 Test wickets in 78 matches, had to say this on India’s chances of winning the series since 2007. Ashwin the second-highest wicket-taker in the WTC cycle just three wickets behind Australia’s Pat Cummins.

“England plays good cricket on their pitches and they have shown how good they are in their conditions. James Anderson will make it as difficult as it can be for us. The conditions are key in England, but the experience that this Indian team has should hold us in good stead.”

Ashwin on what India needs to do specifically, to win.
“If other players chip in and make runs with Virat Kohli around, we stand a good chance to win,” Ashwin concluded.

Both Pant and Ashwin are named in the Indian squad for England tour. India will be playing ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand between 18-22th June at Rose Bowl in Southampton. Followed by a five-match Test series against hosts England in August-September.

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