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SA v IND: Rishabh Pant was aggressive however not reckless, says Aakash Chopra after essential fifty in Cape Town

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South Africa vs India: Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 51 from simply 60 balls as he performed a managed counter-attacking knock on Day 3 of the third Test in Cape Town. He joined palms with captain Virat Kohli to regular India. Rishabh Pant hit a fast fifty on Day 3 of the third Test in Cape Town (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPant and Kohli dded 72 runs for the fifth wicket in 1st sessionPant hit 51 off simply 60 balls earlier than Lunch on Day 3Kohli was joyful to play second fiddle after India misplaced Pujara and RahaneFormer India opener Aakash Chopra mentioned Rishabh Pant got here up with higher shot-selection on Day 3 of the third Test to get to a probably series-defining fifty towards South Africa in Cape Town. Pant hit 51 and remained unbeaten at Lunch from simply 60 balls as he steadied India with a counter-attacking knock after the guests misplaced Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane early within the day.

Rishabh Pant hit 4 boundaries and a six as he stitched a 72-run stand from 147 deliveries with captain Virat Kohli who was keen to play 2nd fiddle within the morning session at Newlands on Thursday.Cape Town Test, Day 3 Live UpdatesIt was the primary fifty of the collection for Rishabh Pant who was criticised for throwing his wicket away in an analogous state of affairs in India’s defeat within the 2nd Test in Johannesburg.Pant fell for 0 whereas attempting to assault Kagiso Rabada after India had misplaced Pujara and Rahane in fast succession within the ultimate innings of the 2nd Test. Both Rahul Dravid and Kohli mentioned earlier than the beginning of the third Test that Pant was spoken to about his shot choice.Pant batted with quite a lot of function on Day 3 of the third Test as he went after the unfastened deliveries however didn’t overdo something throughout his 60-ball keep within the morning session.”Well, it’s not a minefield. But that’s what you expect in South Africa. Virat Kohli now knows where his off-stump his from the back of his hands. So he is forcing the bowlers to come closer whereas Rishabh Pant he has played his way but it wasn’t reckless but aggressive. That’s what you would expect from Rishabh Pant. That’s why he is your X-factor and you want to invest in him,” Aakash Chopra instructed Star Sports.’Kohli was joyful to play 2nd fiddle'”The shot selection has been a lot better than whatever we have seen in the past in the series. Every now and then, he will frustrate you with the shot he plays but he is just 25, he will learn,” he added.Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra additionally lauded Virat Kohli’s potential to play second fiddle and simply dangle on from one finish as India had been seeking to stretch their 2nd-innings lead. The guests reached Lunch at 130 for 4 on Day 3 with a 143-run lead.”As long as he is there, Virat Kohli can just continue playing second fiddle. Speaks volumes about the guy and the lack of ego as well. Sometimes you are the hero, sometimes you are the hero’s brother. He is happy to be on the other side. He has let Pant do his thing and take the back seat. He has shown a lot of resilience,” he added.Click right here for IndiaRight this’s full protection of the coronavirus pandemic.