Flintoff and Vaughan in awe of Pant's brilliant ton against England

‘Wow!’: Freddie Flintoff is left in awe of Rishabh Pant’s incredible reverse paddle against James Anderson as Michael Vaughan leads the praise for ‘special player’ after India star smacked brilliant ton against England

  • Rishabh Pant scored a jaw-dropping century in the fourth Test against England 
  • His memorable innings was capped off by a reverse sweep off James Anderson 
  • Freddie Flintoff shared the superb shot on social media to show his appreciation 
  • Michael Vaughan was also in awe of Pant’s ton as India eased back into control 

Freddie Flintoff and Michael Vaughan have been left in awe after India star Rishabh Pant’s stellar century against England – which included a jaw-dropping reverse sweep against James Anderson.

Pant, 23, stole the headlines with his memorable ton, his third in Test format, at Ahmedabad and quickly earned glowing praise from a number of former England cricket greats.

The highlight of his innings was the audacious shot from the second new ball, and Flintoff, watching from home, took to social media to show his appreciation.

Freddie Flintoff and Michael Vaughan are in awe after Rishabh Pant’s century against England

Filming his television to show Pant’s reverse paddle, Flintoff was unable to suppress laughter before uttering a simple ‘wow’ as Anderson was pounded for four.

Former England captain, and Ashes winner, Vaughan, was left equally gobsmacked by Pant’s devilish performance at the crease. 

Vaughan insisted that Pant’s spectacular defiance ‘is the way to bat in Test cricket’. 

Vaughan has praised Pant and insisted his superb showing is ‘the way to bat in Test’ cricket

Pant’s ton handed India back control in the fourth Test with the tourists left flailing in the heat

He added: ‘Calmness, clarity, trust in defence and attack at the right time… brilliant from @RishabhPant17!’

And with Pant continuing to frustrate the tourists, Vaughan again returned to Twitter to label the wicket keeper a ‘special player’ – accompanied by four clapping emojis.

Kevin Pietersen, another England cricket legend, tweeted: ‘Pant backs up Brisbane. Pant is a PLAYER!’

‘Eye-catching all series, but this is match-winning,’ Ian Bell claimed. ‘SENSATIONAL hundred from Pant.’ 

Vaughan joined the plaudits as Pant caught the eye in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad

Alex Tudor described Pant as ‘different gravy’ and added: ‘New superstar, what an innings.’   

Pant’s century helped hand India back control just as it appeared England had fought back despite their first innings total of 205. 

In the fierce heat, India were left 153 for six at tea, but Pant was able to brilliantly steady the ship with an array of eye-catching and explosive shots. 

Anderson watched on as Pant’s audacious reverse sweep pounded him for a costly four runs

His 100 was up from the bowling of Joe Root, with India’s newest sensation smashing for six over deep midwicket.

He fell just one run after, however, having slashed to skipper Root from Anderson’s short delivery.

India ended the second day of the Test on 294-7 – 89 runs ahead of England and ever closer to wrapping up a series victory. 

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