Ahead of the third pink-ball Test, Joe Root hinted at the strategy his team will adopt against Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

Australia fast bowler, Pat Cummins has showered praise on India wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, for his back-to-back outstanding batting performances.

Pant was the standout player for Team India during the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy against Joe Root-led side. His unbeaten knock of 89 runs took the game away from Australia on Day 5 of the final Test as the visitors successfully breached the Gabba fortress.

Calling him a class player, the 27-year-old admitted that the Aussies will conjure up a special plan for Rishabh Pant the next time they lock horns with Kohli & Co.

In his recent interview with Cricket Monthly, Cummins said, “He’s a class player, he takes the game on and to the outside, it might look like it’s quite slapdash, but he knows his game really well, he knows when to attack and what his scoring areas are, so before next series, we’ll need to spend a bit of time on that.”

Notably, Pant’s promotion in the batting order turned out to be a masterstroke for Ajinkya Rahane-led side in Brisbane. The youngster started attacking the Australian bowlers from the very first ball.

“It’s kind of a flip of the coin because while Pujara was there, the game wasn’t moving too quickly, but you know once Rishabh walks in, it’s going to start moving quickly either way,” Cummins added.

The 23-year-old batsman, who is currently playing in the ongoing four-match Test series against England, once again showcased his class in the series opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

As the hosts saw a quick fall of wickets in the Chennai Test, Pant went on to play a significant knock of 91 runs off 88 balls in the first innings.

After losing the first Test by 227 runs, India will be hoping to bounce back in the second Test, starting from February 13.

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