I Added All The Learning To My Game But I Never Wanted To Change My Style Of Play – Rishabh Pant

Published - 25 Mar 2022, 11:57 AM

Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant. Credits: Twitter

The 24-year-old Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has said that he has added a lot of learnings to his game throughout the years but he doesn’t want to change the style of his batting.

Rishabh Pant, who is the skipper of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will be seen in action in the second match of the Indian Premier League 2022 when his side lock horns with Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, March 27.

Avesh Khan and Rishabh Pant for DC. Photo- IPL
Avesh Khan and Rishabh Pant for DC. Photo- IPL

In an interview with TOI, Pant was asked how does he feel about captaining Delhi Capitals at the age of 24. He responded:

“When I first came to the Capitals, I got a lot of confidence after meeting the owners, support staff. In the last three-four years, we have changed a lot as a team. I wanted to become the best player of the franchise first.”

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2018
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pant added that he had decided to play his natural game against the star pacers like Pat Cummins and Mohammed Shami, who were previously part of Delhi Capitals (DC), and that helped him succeed. He asserted:

“I started learning from everyone around me. When I came to the IPL set up, we had gun fast bowlers like Pat Cummins, Shami, Rabada and Coulter-Nile. I told myself if I can play these prime international bowlers, I will get confidence. All these things have helped me reach the place where I am today. I added all the learning to my game but I never wanted to change my style of play.”

Not worried about people passing comments on me – Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was further asked how does he deal with the tag of being a freak cricketer who doesn’t think much about the game. The 24-year-old responded that he is not at all worried about people passing judgements on him. He elaborated:

I am not worried about people passing comments on me now. But it does get to you sometimes. You have to look in the mirror and check if you had done your process right – like diet, training, recovery. There are so many distractions at the international level, it’s difficult to do that. I think about my cricket and the game a lot because that’s what I have always loved to do. You need to filter things and see what you can do to improve as a human being.”

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