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Practice makes perfect: Watch Pant cream reverse-lap in nets two years before Anderson marvel shot

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Watch: Rishabh Pant‘s spectacular reverse lap off James Anderson was a shot in the making for a few years as a video from an Indian practice session from 2019 proves.

Anderson, the only fast bowler in Test history to take 600 wickets, had bowled one of his trademark miserly spells when Pant, batting on 89 and inching close to his first home Test hundred, decided to do something it’s tough to remember any batsman doing to the England fast bowler previously in his career: reverse lapping the seamer over the slip cordon.

Even as fans raved over Pant’s exceptional execution of the shot, a video from a practice session in 2019 shared by BCCI resurfaced, showing that Pant’s reverse lap off a fast bowler wasn’t a mere fluke, but one that was honed in the nets.

Watch Rishabh Pant practicing the reverse lap shot, one that he unfurled against James Anderson on Friday, two years ago in the nets:

Watch Pant’s audacious reverse lap against Anderson here.

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