Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant spoke about the necessary routines to follow and the aspects to develop oneself in order to become a better wicket-keeper batter.
Pant shouldered high expectations after taking over from the legendary MS Dhoni and began crumbling under it in the initial stages. He was found wanting in terms of wicket-keeping technique but the 24-year-old kept working on it and has become a much-better assured gloveman behind the stumps.
Speaking about the areas to improve in, Pant said keepers need to be agile and maintain focus until the ball reaches the gloves.
“One quality would be you keep yourself agile because in keeping you do it in different type of conditions. So, if you’re agile enough, I think that’s going to help in keeping. Second thing, watch the ball till the end. So sometimes what happens as a wicket-keeper, we tend to know that the ball is coming and we just get relaxed.”
“So till the time you catch the ball, you should be watching it. And the third one is, be disciplined and keep working on your techniques. I think as a kid, yes, everyone has different techniques, but at the same time if you can come closer to the base, that is going to help everyone for a long period of time,” Pant said on the SG Podcast.
Rishabh Pant’s wicket-keeping roots
Pant knew right from his childhood that he wanted to become a wicket-keeper and the added bonus of his father being a gloveman aided in this journey.
“I’m just trying to give my hundred percent each and every day, but I think I was always a wicketkeeper-batsman. Because as a kid I started doing wicket-keeping, my father was a wicket-keeper too that’s how I started doing wicket-keeping,” Pant mentioned.
Pant has had his ups and downs when it comes to wicket-keeping but he will be hoping to improve as he continues to use the gloves for the Indian team.