Last Update on: January 10th, 2019 at 12:29 am
Recently updated on January 10th, 2019 at 12:29 am
It was a dramatic beginning to the Test career for Rishabh Pant. The left-handed batsman opened his account in Tests with a majestic six off Adil Rashid. However, it was just the 2nd ball he faced, and he made his intentions pretty clear.
Rishabh Pant ran down the track and hit it straight monstrous six over the bowler’s head. It was outrageous, to say the least. The shot was a special moment for Pant and his family. His mother, Saroj was pretty surprised to see him hit his second ball for a six.
“I was very nervous when I heard that he would be making his Test debut,” Saroj was quoted as saying by the Kashmir Times.
Rishabh Pant’s mother was very much surprised
”I was very much surprised. Before going into play the Test, he telephoned me and asked me to watch him play on TV. I generally don’t watch matches on TV when he is playing. However, after his father’s recent death, he has been requesting me to watch him play.”
Despite his mother getting surprised, Rishabh Pant’s coach, Tarak Sinha who had coached several international cricketers was not surprised a bit.
“Rishabh is a steel [sic] man and among all my other promising pupils, has the ability to hit hard.
He is mentally very strong and is not only the player with the white ball. He has proved that he can play the red cherry with confidence and against all the odds,” he said.
Rishabh Pant scored 24 good runs and looked in complete control during his stay at the crease on day two. He left the ball well outside the off stump for a major part of his innings which was promising to loo at.
He looked completely in control of Test cricket before his unfortunate dismissal. However, the pocket-sized dynamo had a great day behind the stumps as well, bagging five catches. He became the first ever wicket-keeper to take as many grabs on a Test debut.