Rishabh Pant has created a lot of buzz in Australia from behind the stumps but it is his prowess in front of the wickets that has earned him a new fan in Australian limited overs' star Glen Maxwell.
Pant recently broke former wicketkeeper MS Dhoni's record of most dismissals in a Test innings by taking 6 catches during Australia's first innings at Adelaide.
But it is Pant's batting that has excited Maxwell who said that he cannot take his eyes off the southpaw when he is batting.
"He's an amazing talent. We have only seen him scratch the surface in terms of his ability. I've been glued to my TV every time he's come out to bat ... if he does get going, it's pretty good to watch," Maxwell said.
The Aussie was specifically in awe of Pant's ability to reverse-scoop balls with a straight bat saying that the Delhi boy might have been a gymnast growing up.
"He's extremely talented ... he played some extraordinary innings for us over there. He got an amazing hundred, where he just kept reserve-scooping balls with a straight bat, over third man for six. I think he was a gymnast growing up, so he's extremely flexible. He can manipulate his body into different positions to hit the ball," he added.
Pant enhanced his reputation with the bat in England when he smashed his maiden hundred on day 5 of the last Test at Oval. In his seven Test matches for India, Pant has scored 465 runs at a strike rate of 73.22. Coming into bat number 6 or lower, Pant has 49 boundaries and 15 sixes to his name in his fledgeling Test career.
Recently, Pant also broke fellow wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha's record of 10 catches in a Test match. In the same match where he broke Dhoni's record in the first innings, Pant took five more catches to take his tally to 11. His last dismissal came of Mohammed Shami's bowling when the paceman nicked off Aussie quick, Mitchell Starc.
Not only catches and runs, but Pant has also been on top of the sledging game. In fact, he has built a cult following back in Australia owing to his verbal prowess behind the stumps.