In the fourth over, Pant played a reverse flick against Archer on the fifth ball that went over the keepers’ head for six. The shot left everyone surprised and former England skipper Kevin Pietersen termed it as the “greatest shot ever played in cricket”.
“Holy smokes! Pant has just played the greatest shot that’s ever been played in cricket. Reverse sweeping/lifting Archer with a brand new white ball at 90mph for 6,” Pietersen tweeted.
Holy smokes! Pant has just played the greatest shot that’s ever been played in cricket. Reverse sweeping/lifting… https://t.co/Jgmvw0ZyYB
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) 1615557094000
Interestingly, Pant had played a similar shot in the fourth and final Test against England where he had reverse flicked James Anderson for a six on his way to a match-winning ton.
141 clicks & Rishabh Pant played reverse sweep to Jofra Archer INCREDIBLE 💥 #INDvENDhttps://t.co/bXyEJoqSPO
— Abhinav (@DeadlyYorkers) 1615561323000
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh hailed the “absolutely fearless” shot by Pant.
“This is the new generation !! Absolutely fearless ! Reverse sweep or shot I don’t know what to call it ! But @RishabhPant17 hats off to you to hit a fast bowler like that ! Game on !!” Yuvraj tweeted.
This is the new generation !! Absolutely fearless ! Reverse sweep or shot I don’t know what to call it ! But… https://t.co/7xs7F0qdMy
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1615557166000
Earlier, England won the toss and opted to field first against India in the opening T20I of the five-match series here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. In a surprise move, India skipper Virat Kohli announced that Rohit Sharma has been rested in the first few games.