Indian keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has earned praises from the cricketing fraternity for his batting along with keeping in the last two months in Tests. Following a successful tour of Australia, Rishabh Pant also shone in the four-match Test series against England at home. Team India coach Ravi Shastri joined the fray, stating that the 23-year old’s success is a result of intense hard work.
Rishabh Pant copped plenty of criticism for his performances in IPL alongside his fitness regime. But the Delhi-born cricketer turned India’s fortunes around in Australia when he played a vital role with the bat to fire his side to an unforgettable series victory. Coming to India, not only he continued his impressive form with the bat, but he also improved on his glovework.
Rishabh Pant once again iterated why he should be India’s first-choice keeper in red-ball cricket by delivering game-changing performances. He kept well in the turning tracks of the sub-continent against Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. The southpaw’s century was indeed the series’ talking point as it came under challenging circumstances and ultimately resulted in victory.
After the IPL, Rishabh Pant came with a lot of baggage: Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri revealed that 21, he also enjoyed similar success and he understands where they are coming from. The 58-year old conceded that the keeper-batsman came with plenty of baggage; however, he turned it around quickly to become India’s asset. Shastri said that Rishabh Pant reaped the rewards of the hard work he put in and it is for everyone to see.
“At 21, I had similar success, what these guys are having at the moment. So I know where they are coming from. After performing well for sometime, when you hit a low, that is when your real journey starts. After the IPL Pant came with a lot of baggage. But he trained harder than anyone. I think in the last two months what he has done for India, no one would ever do that in a lifetime. His keeping was outstanding, the batting and the hard work put in was just brilliant. The results are not just for him to see but for the whole world to see,” Shastri said during a virtual press conference.