Young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has said that, as a part of the leadership group of the Indian team, he will have to give his 200 per cent in every match and help players around him.
Rishabh Pant, at the age of 24, has become the first choice wicket-keeper of the India National Cricket Team across all three formats and he is also a part of the leadership group and is being looked at as a future all-format skipper of the Indian team.
In an interview with TOI, Pant was asked whether the added responsibility of being part of a leadership group brings consistency in his game.
Pant replied by admitting that the added responsibility sometimes brings consistency in his game. He added that he concentrates on giving his 200 per cent as a player and he doesn’t need to be a captain to help his teammates. Rishabh Pant said:
“Sometimes it does. They made me the vice-captain for a couple of matches. But giving my 200 per cent as a player is the only thing under my control. As a part of the leadership group, I had to give my 200 per cent every day and help people around me. It could be backing a bowler, helping Rohit bhai set a fielder in a particular position. You don’t need a designation to help your mates.”
It’s a challenge to not focus on the expectations – Rishabh Pant
The young wicketkeeper-batsman further added that it is an honour for him that the fans have big expectations from him. Rishabh Pant also said that it is challenging for him not to focus on the expectations. He elaborated:
“It’s an honour for me. If people are expecting things from me, that means I am doing something good in life. It’s a challenge to not focus on the expectations. When you become a captain then it’s not about yourself. You have to see how new people are gelling with the team if they are comfortable. You have to learn from different people and share your knowledge with everyone.”
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