Young Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has made an impressive start in Test cricketer. Pant made his name known in international cricket with his brilliant 114-run knock against England in the British land in the final Test match of five-match Test series.
After England, Rishabh Pant again earned the confidence of his skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri with his batting display against West Indies in the recently concluded two-match Test series.
Pant is also the only Indian cricketer to start his Test innings with a six and a lot has been talked about Delhi batsman’s debut innings. However, speaking to Times of India, Pant said: “That six changed nothing in my life. No person can ever be judged by one shot… it’s always the kind of knocks he has played. That I could play red-ball cricket was important too,” before adding, “My childhood coach Tarak Sinha always maintained that he would not consider me an international player unless I played Test cricket. To do it in England against such an attack was very important for me.”
Rishabh Pant was considered more of a white ball cricketer because of the aggressive approach of his batting, but these things do not bother keeper batsman.
“If people tag me, it doesn’t mean I have to change. I improve in my own way and always focus on that. There were no spots in the team earlier. The moment there was a vacancy, I ensured I was performing,” Pant added.
The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman does not even get bothered with the comparison with Wriddhiman Saha or former India skipper MS Dhoni. Pant also further proved his point by saying, “I am not here to compete with anyone. For me, this phase is all about learning. I keep going up to Mahi bhai and pick up things.”
Rishabh Pant also revealed Virat Kohli taught him the importance of learning from mistakes. Speaking about social media, Pant said, “Social media is a part of everyone’s life. You can’t ignore it. But I have learnt to keep off-field hype back in my room. And it doesn’t matter if you have played 500 international matches, you are bound to be nervous when you take the field and I believe that’s a good thing. Virat bhaiya told me that playing 50 matches doesn’t mean you are experienced. A person with three-four games can be equally experienced if he picks up from others’ mistakes.