Updated June 6th, 2024 at 10:03 IST

'If that doesn't get Americans into cricket, nothing will,': Jaffer on Rishabh Pant's shot vs IRE

Jaffer praised Rishabh Pant's shot against IRE, suggesting it could spark interest in cricket among Americans. "If not this, nothing will.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Wasim Jaffer vs Rishabh Pant | Image:X/screengrab
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In a gripping match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, India showcased dominance by defeating Ireland by 8 wickets with 46 balls to spare in the World T20 encounter. Ireland posted 96 runs in 16 overs, but India efficiently chased down the target, reaching 97/2 in 12.2 overs. Rohit Sharma's brilliant 52 off 37 balls and Rishabh Pant's unbeaten 36 off 26 balls led India to victory. Jasprit Bumrah's exceptional bowling performance earned him the Player of the Match title for his 2 wickets for 6 runs in 3 overs.

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Wasim Jaffer heaps praise on Rishabh Pant's incredible shot vs Ireland

With a stunning reverse scoop to cap off the pursuit, Rishabh Pant was instrumental in India's triumph against Ireland. New York saw India defeat Ireland by eight wickets on Wednesday.

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Pant's performance, especially his brilliantly performed reverse scoop over Barry McCarthy's head in the 13th over, has won the praise of former Indian cricket player Wasim Jaffer. Jaffer hit social networking site X right away to compliment Pant on his creative photo.

Jaffer said in his tweet that nobody could make cricket more popular in the US if Pant couldn't do it. Pant continued his stellar form from the warm-up match with an amazing 36 not out off 26 balls, which helped India get off to a great start in their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign.

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At Nassau County Stadium in New York, on a difficult surface, Rishabh Pant hit two sixes and three boundaries. Pant was calm and assured all through his innings, especially with the inconsistent bounce and speed. He was hit on the forearm in the closing seconds of his performance, however it looked to be a minor injury. Play was resumed uninterrupted after the Indian team's physio promptly evaluated Pant's health and concluded there was no serious injury.

Indian Cricket Team will be seen in action against their arch-rivals, Pakistan, on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The anticipation for the match is high, as the star-studded India will face Babar Azam and co., who have a poor track record in ICC events against the giants. The fans are eagerly waiting to witness this intense rivalry once again.

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Published June 6th, 2024 at 10:03 IST