He’s Guided Me From Behind The Stumps Many Times – Avesh Khan Heaps Praise On “Intelligent Captain” Rishabh Pant

Updated - 31 Jan 2022, 11:02 PM

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Avesh Khan and Rishabh Pant. Credits: IPL

The Madhya Pradesh pacer Avesh Khan has showered praise on the Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant and labelled him as an “intelligent captain”.

Avesh Khan’s best season in the Indian Premier League came under the captaincy of Pant. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League 2021 with 24 wickets in his bag. However, the young pacer was released by the Delhi Capitals franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction as they decided to retain Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje.

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Avesh Khan and Rishabh Pant
Avesh Khan (left), Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant (right). Credits: IPL

Speaking to Boria Majumdar on ‘Backstage with Boria’, Avesh lauded his former Delhi Capitals teammate Pant and said that he always had good communication with his good friend from the U19 days.

“Rishabh Pant is quite an intelligent captain. He is a wicketkeeper, so he can see very well what the batter is going to do. I have always had good communication with him because he is a good friend too from the Under-19 days when we played together,” he said.

“Even when we’d be in the room together, I’d tell him that whatever you feel is right, whatever field you want to set or whatever delivery you want me to bowl, you tell me and I’ll do that. So the captain always trusted me that ‘he will do what I say’. I would also practice accordingly.”

The 25-year-old also said that wicket-keeper Pant always guided him from behind the stumps.

“He’s also guided me from behind the stumps many times as to whether to bowl away from the batter or to bowl a bouncer or a wide yorker. It feels good having that kind of communication, and when I executed those plans even he felt good as a captain that I was following what he had to say,” the pacer said.

I was expecting to get an India call-up for the series against New Zealand – Avesh Khan

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Avesh Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speedster Avesh Khan said that after his amazing run in the Indian Premier League 2021 he was expecting to get an India call-up for the home T20I series against New Zealand, which he eventually got but he didn’t get an opportunity to play.

“I had a lot of curiosity in my mind that I had a good IPL season, so I was expecting to get an India call-up for the series against New Zealand. I kept asking everyone when the team would be declared. I was in Delhi at the time for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Our last match had just gotten over. Mom and dad also had hopes. And when finally my name came, I was very happy.”

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Avesh Khan. Credits: IPL

Avesh added that he and all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, who also got his maiden call-up, celebrated together and he soon contacted his family and gave them the news.

“My friend Venkatesh Iyer, we are very close and always shared a room, he also got selected so I first ran to him and we hugged and celebrated and then I called my dad.”

“He was very happy. But after that, his and Mom’s phones were continuously busy. After a while, I video called at home and Mom cried a little. It felt good because their dreams had come true. Of course, they were tears of joy. Felt good to think that I had achieved something,” he further added.

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