Comparing the young wicketkeeper-batsman to Indian batting legend, Virender Sehwag, Inzamam said that every time he watches Pant on the field, he feels like he is seeing the left-handed version of the 42-year-old veteran.
Pant was the architect of India’s historic win at the Gabba in the fourth Test against Australia. He played a crucial role in his side’s 2-1 triumph in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under.
Recently, Pant’s whirlwind century against Joe Root-led side on Day 2 of the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad left the entire cricketing fraternity in awe of him and Inzamam-ul-Haq was no different.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the 51-year-old said, “After a very long time, I have seen a player on whom pressure seems to have no effect. Even if six wickets are down at 146, the way he starts his innings, no one does.
“He plays his strokes, irrespective of the pitch or how many runs the other team has scored. He is equally good against spinners and fast bowlers. I thoroughly enjoy watching him. It’s like watching Sehwag bat left-handed.”
The 23-year-old batsman went past his senior Rohit Sharma in the list of most runs in the longest format of the game in 2021 so far and is just behind the England Test captain, Joe Root.
While Root has scored 764 runs from 6 Tests so far, Pant is next with 515 runs at an impressive average of 64.37.