first_imgRishab Pant’s second ball six on Test debut at Trent Bridge has won him more fans than any of his IPL pyrotechnics.Not for his bravardo, but for showing zero nerves in Test initiation; an occasion that leaves the best frozen. So much so that India’s original dashing keeper batsmen Farokh Engineer was left amazed.”My first three balls in Test cricket were three fours but out of sheer nervousness. Pant hit the second ball for a six and I am not sure, I have got to ask him whether it was out of nerves or confidence. If it is confidence, then hats off to him,” said Engineer.READ – India aim to level series at Rose Bowl after all-round Trent Bridge showFor the record Pant said, “I was nervous. But when I see the ball, I don’t think much. I just see the ball and react to it.”Pant has been pressing for India selection with some impressive performances over the last couple of years but most thought his game behind and in front of the stumps would be more suited to white ball cricket. Dhoni’s continued presence in Indian limited overs team and the void left by his absence in Test cricket hurried Pant’s Test debut.The other name from the Indian wicket keeping list Syed Kirmani is equally impressed by Pant’s confidence.REAd – England field 2 spinners, recall Sam Curran for 4th Test against India”I have been following him since his IPL days and the confidence on his face and in his approach, I haven’t seen in a young player,” he told India Today.advertisementExperts find it heartening that the Delhi youngster was not a let down with his primary task of glove work in challenging English conditions.”He showed immense promise and his reflexes are very very good, specially the catches he took behind with how much the ball moves in England; both in the air and off the pitch,” Engineer said.Pant benefited from his India A stint to English shores just before the current series where coach Rahul Dravid spoke positively of his career progress.Pant took seven catches behind the stumps in the Trent Bridge Test, dropping one. His didn’t look out of place in his first innings knock of 24 against seam and swing. Both Indian keeping greats think Pant is here to stay.READ – India give it back to Stuart Broad for Rishabh Pant sendoff”Dhoni reminded me of my younger days, Rishabh Pant also reminded me of my younger days. He a very very bright future,” thought Engineer.”He has to keep his head on the shoulders. I see him being in for the long haul,” said Kirmani.last_img