Swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has lost more than 10 kgs of weight in the past few months, as revealed by his childhood coach, Tarak Sinha. Rishabh Pant and the Indian cricketers’ first assignment was the Indian Premier League (IPL) as cricket resumed in the pandemic era,
It was observed that the Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper has put on some weight and received lots of flak for the same, especially after his disappointing returns with the bat in the IPL.
Winner of the Dronacharya Award, India’s top award for coaches. Tarak Sinha says that Pant didn’t have good training facilities in his hometown during the lockdown and hence he wasn’t as fit at the start of the IPL as one would expect a high-level athlete to be. However, Sinha points out that the left-hander has clearly worked on his fitness and shed plenty of extra fat from his body.
“He was stuck at his home in Roorkee during the lockdown. He didn’t have the facilities to train as an India player should. That’s how he put on weight. But he worked really hard once he reached Dubai for the IPL,” Pant’s childhood coach, Tarak Sinha told Times of India.
Rishabh Pant has been in good mood in the last 2 months: Tarak Sinha
Tarak Sinha, who has coached a dozen India internationals like Aakash Chopra and Shikhar Dhawan, says that he wasn’t as much concerned about Pant’s fitness but his lost bat swing and confidence. Pant, who played with a strike rate of 113 in the IPL, seemed to be overcautious and not at his audacious self.
Sinha is satisfied to see the 23-year-old back in his form after Pant’s dynamic innings of 97 from 118 balls in the recently drawn Sydney Test against Australia.
“I knew he will regain his fitness but he had to get his bat swing back. He was so confused that he became ultra-careful and got into a defensive mindset in IPL. His wicketkeeping will improve with fitness and confidence. We told him to back the game he has played since his childhood and stay happy. He has been in a good mood in the last two months,” Tarak Sinha added.