The Dynamic young batter from Delhi was overwhelmed with his inclusion in the Indian team for the forthcoming series against England. Rishab Pant couldn’t have asked for a better start to his fresh career after being called up in to the squad versus England.
Wridhiman Saha, India’s first choice wicket keeper in Tests is undergoing a shoulder surgery, which has given opportunities to a veteran – Dinesh Karthik and a 20 year old in the sense of Rishabh Pant.
Expressing his delight in an interview, here’s what he had to say "It was a great feeling to hear that I had been included in the Indian Test squad. I always wanted to be a part of the Indian Test squad and it was more like a dream come true for me. It was an amazing feeling, not only for me but also for my family and my coach Tarek Sinha sir, who helped me understand the game very early in my life. He has always wanted me to play Test cricket for India and when I got the call, he was very happy and proud and I enjoyed that moment," Pant told
The Delhi Darevedevils star man has been under the mentorship of The Great Rahul Dravid, who is now dedicating his career to the future of Indian cricket by promoting young prospects. Pant being the prime example of his guidance right throughout his U19 days has impressed the batting legend immensely and has been praised consistently. "He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked into the national team and I hope he takes this maturity into the national team and hopefully builds from thereon," Dravid had said.
Pant has been in fine form since the Ranji Trophy by scoring over 900 runs for Delhi, he also registered the fastet hundred in the prestigious Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and carried on his fine display in the latest season of the IPL by being among the top 5 run getters – he was also rewarded with the Emerging Player award this season.
Known for his aggressive approach while batting, Pant seems unfazed with the dynamics of Test cricket and feels his natural game is what will truly define him.
"I reckon there isn't too much difference, but it has got more to do with shot selection. In red ball cricket, with the field placements, you can look around; take your time, because you have five days to play. Whereas in limited overs cricket you have limited number of balls to play and score.
"I have so far enjoyed my preparation with red ball cricket. The Duke ball swings a lot when you're here in England and initially when I started playing here with India A, I realized that the swing will come a lot into play in these conditions," he explained.
On being asked what it feels like to share the dressing room with World Cup winning captain Ms Dhoni, Pant was excited to share his views.
"Every time I come to the Indian dressing room, there is one thing that has always stood out for me. It is the positivity in the dressing room. Everyone is supporting and backing each other, which is the most important factor about this Indian dressing room.
"Similarly, with Mahi bhai, I used to ask him everything from my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping. He's advised me on everything.
"He's always told me that when it comes to wicket-keeping, your hands and head is important, the body balance can come into play later, but the key is the hands and head coordination. I worked on what he told me and it has helped me a lot."
Inspite of the defeat, the young wicket batsman scored an impressive 50 for India A against the England Lions which caught the attention of the general public.
India will face off against England from the 1st of August at Edgbaston.
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