Discipline is the only keyRishabh Pant
The year 2018 witnessed the emergence of an exciting new phenomenon in Indian cricket.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has compared him to the great Adam Gilchrist. In his very first year, this player has sent records tumbling like ninepins.
First Indian batsman to open his Test match career with a six.First Indian wicket keeper to score a Test century in England. World record holder for the maximum number of catches in a Test match (11 ). First Indian wicketkeeper to take 20 catches in a series in Australia.
First Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia.Record holder for the highest overseas score by any Indian wicketkeeper ever. Record holder for the highest seventh wicket partnership (with Ravindra Jadeja) by a visiting side ever in Australia with 204 runs.
You can’t be sparing of superlatives when you talk of this guy. Off the field, Australian captain Tim Paine’s wife has called him the ‘best babysitter’!
With so many records already in his lap at the young age of 21, the name Rishabh Pant spells POTENTIAL like nobody’s business.
The next Dhoni, maybe?
Recipient of the 2018 ICC Emerging Player of the Year award, this bright young lad shares a lot in common with his role model MS Dhoni. Both owe their origins to the hill state of Uttarakhand and have risen up through struggles. They handle pressure well and hit the ball out of the park at will. Right from his junior school, Rishabh dreamt of playing for India, which he shared with his father.
His parents worked hard to get Rishabh into the Sonnet Academy in New Delhi as Roorkee didn’t have adequate facilities. Rishabh and his mother stayed in Moti Bagh Gurudwara while he underwent training. He went on to strike three centuries and win Player of the Tournament award in a U-12 championship. His coaches got him into Airforce School, Delhi Cantt and he continued to scale greater heights – first in U-19 and then as captain of Delhi Daredevils. Now Rishabh is deservedly living his dream as a rising star in the Indian cricket team.
I focus on improving as a player every day, even if it is just by one per cent
Big hitter indeed
Pant’s batting style is reminiscent of an era bygone when players would hit big by combining high backlift and a powerful downswing. While this can lead to mistiming, Rishabh has an uncanny ability to read line and length early. His centuries in England and Australia prove that Rishabh already has a good game sense as well.
Donning the blue for the nation is a feeling nothing else can even come close to 🙏🏻 Wishing Team India a killer run to the 🏆 Bring it home boys !! Good luck 💪🏻 🇮🇳 @BCCI #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/oN2gbrn4BP— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) May 28, 2019
With humble origins, exceptional talent and remarkable strength of character, Rishabh is looking every bit the answer that Team Indian is seeking when MS Dhoni hangs his boots.