IND vs ENG 2022 | Rishabh Pant did no wonders, remarks Mohammad Asif
Rishabh Pant scored a century in the first innings of Edgbaston Test|
Mohammad Asif has stated Rishabh Pant’s century against England came more as a result of poor bowling from the hosts than wondrous batting from the wicketkeeper. The pacer went on to reinforce his previous comments about Virat Kohli’s faulty technique that has caused his recent downfall.
Rishabh Pant’s dominating innings against England on day one of the ongoing Test at Edgbaston earned him many accolades from around the world. However, a former cricketer that wasn’t left as impressed with the knock was former cricketer Mohammad Asif.
In a trademark twitter video of his, the Pakistani pacer put the blame of the big score on England and their inept bowling tactics.
“It was totally England bowlers’ fault as Pant did no wonders. He has technical faults. His left hand doesn’t work but still he managed to score a century because English bowlers didn’t bowl to him in his weak areas,” Asif observed.
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Pant came in at a difficult stage of the game, with India reeling at 98/5. He took the game to the opposition immediately, before capitalizing on England’s decision to bring Jack Leach into the attack. The wicketkeeper batsman in a furious onslaught hit the spinner for three sixes and eight boundaries, completely turning the tide of the game.
“I will not name individuals but England made a lot of mistakes. When Jadeja and Pant were batting, they brought in a left-arm spinner who wasn’t an ideal option to bowl at that moment,” he explained.
“I am not against Pant, but with such decisions by the opposition, you get an edge to score big.”
This isn’t the first time Asif has ventured a controversial opinion regarding an Indian player. Two years ago, he had remarked that Kohli was a bottom handed player, claiming the former skipper’s downfall will come soon enough as his fitness wanes. Kohli has now not scored a century in over two and a half years. He was again caught short-handed against England, causing Asif to double down on his previous statement.
“I pointed out Kohli’s technical fault a couple of years ago but people started calling me out. See today (Friday), he hasn’t scored a century for a long time now. I love watching Kohli and even he is a big player than me. But technically, he needs to work harder,” he opined.