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***Official*** India in South Africa 2021-22

Shri

Mr. Glass
best strike rate for anyone in this test who has faced 50 balls minimum? mid fifties.

pant strike rate this innings is 85
 

Kirkut

International Debutant
Why ew? Afridi in ODIs was brainless batting with extraordinary display of batsmanship in between on occasions. Yeah Pant is slightly more well oiled/efficient than Afridi, I give him that.
 

StephenZA

Hall of Fame Member
Where is Stephen and his sa need to pick a spinner nonsense,
Still here, SA still need to pick a spinner... still not nonsense. 4 fast bowlers weakening the batting because you don't want to make a choice between Olivier and Jansen, still terrible selection. Not first time this has happened, nor will it be the last no matter how many times SA has been bitten by the stupidity of it all.
 

anil1405

International Vice-Captain
Why ew? Afridi in ODIs was brainless batting with extraordinary display of batsmanship in between on occasions. Yeah Pant is slightly more well oiled/efficient than Afridi, I give him that.
A big ew actually and Pant has proven himself to be efficient under really tough circumstances unlike Afridi.
 

Member Berry

U19 Cricketer
Why ew? Afridi in ODIs was brainless batting with extraordinary display of batsmanship in between on occasions. Yeah Pant is slightly more well oiled/efficient than Afridi, I give him that.
there's levels to it though. Pant shows moments of stupidity in between batting fairly lucidly. Afridi's entire batting career was a never-ending stream of (hugely entertaining) red-blooded stupidity, the only variable was whether the stupid shot went for six or not.

show this innings to afridi and it might as well be astrophysics to him.
 

StephenZA

Hall of Fame Member
Worst comparison. Pant plays more quality innings against top class bowling in clutch situations than most legitimately current world class specialist top order test batsmen.

He is inconsistent and suicide bombs an innings once in a while but you can’t take away what he has achieved in 25 tests.
FTFY
 

cnerd123

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He's like the test cricket version of Afridi.
I love Afridi and think he's seriously underrated as a Test cricketer, but Pant has already accomplished more in his short career than Afridi ever did. The peak of Afridi's test batting was smashing around lackluster bowling attacks on flat pitches, mostly in Asia. Pant's already had match-winning, and in some cases series-defining, innings overseas and in tough conditions. An innings like today could have never come from Afridi.

Pant's very much comparable to Gilchrist imo. Gilly didn't make his FC debut till he was 21 and his Test debut till he was 28. Pant is only 24 and he's already got 3 Test tons and an average of 37. Don't think he'll end with a career average of 47 like Gilly did, but he could end up in close enough.

What's fascinating is how Gilly maintained a career SR of 82 in Tests. Pant, for all his madness, is only striking at 67.5!

Afridi's test SR was 86 heh. Average of 36 too, for those of you who forget. 5 100s in 27 Tests.
 

OverratedSanity

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Pant's very much comparable to Gilchrist imo. Gilly didn't make his FC debut till he was 21 and his Test debut till he was 28. Pant is only 24 and he's already got 3 Test tons and an average of 37. Don't think he'll end with a career average of 47 like Gilly did, but he could end up in close enough.
I think this is very optimistic. High 30s, maaaybe shade over 40 at best, which would still be great.
 

cnerd123

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I think this is very optimistic. High 30s, maaaybe shade over 40 at best, which would still be great.
IDK, I think his best years are ahead of him. He's barely had a chance to downhill ski/score heavy on flat decks in his career so far, and it's natural that as he matures his output with the bat should increase. Barring any injuries/shocking loss of form I think he should end with a career average over 40. Dhoni ended up with 38 and I definitely think Pant is at least 3-4 runs better than that.
 

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