Rishabh Pant six debut India England Trent Bridge
The six they will keep talking about: Rishabh Pant arrives in Test cricket © Getty Images

Playing for India against England in the third Test of the ongoing series, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, debutant Rishabh Pant hit an outrageous six off Adil Rashid off the second ball he faced in Test cricket. While he did not quite emulate Mark Craig (who had hit a six off the first ball he faced), he won over fans from back home and elsewhere. However, his mother Saroj was “very much surprised” when she saw the shot on television.

 

“I was very nervous when I heard that he would be making his Test debut,” Saroj told Bipin Dani, as published in The Kashmir Times. ”I was very much surprised. Before going into play the Test, he telephoned me and asked me to watch him play on TV. I generally don’t watch matches on TV when he is playing. However, after his father’s recent death, he has been requesting me to watch him play.”

However, Pant’s coach Tarak Sinha, who has coached several international cricketers (including Surinder Khanna, Manoj Prabhakar, Raman Lamba, Anjum Chopra, Ashish Nehra, and Shikhar Dhawan), was far from surprised: “Rishabh is a steel [sic] man and among all my other promising pupils, has ability to hit hard. He is mentally very strong and is not only the player with the white ball. He has proved that he can play the red cherry with confidence and against all odds”.