The emergence of Rishabh Pant has been quite a story in the International Cricket. He knocked tons of runs in the domestic cricket to please selectors for a call-up. Making the most of the opportunity, Rishabh Pant knocked it beautifully for the team and also did exceptionally well with his wicketkeeper gloves.
He started his runs tally in Test cricket with a straight six over the head of Adil Rashid, which made cricket fanatics go awe at him. Within no time, he brought his maiden Test century and followed it up nicely with the knocks against Windies and in Australian tour for Indian National Cricket Team.
You face these bowlers in IPL – Rishabh Pant
Meanwhile, speaking of the wicketkeeper work in England for the first time, Rishabh Pant added that the experience of playing in the India A tours to England and New Zealand have helped him to adjust to the conditions quickly. He feels that the quality of India A bowlers will be close to International bowlers, which made his job easy.
”No. You face all these bowlers in the IPL. Domestic cricket has these same bowlers. Just that the ball moves a lot more in England. But that’s okay, there’s always a first time. But I can say that as a wicketkeeper when I played India A matches and then against the Lions, I had a fair idea of what to expect. Also, these matches were played with the Dukes ball. And it is India A bowlers who go and bowl in Tests in the future. Unless you are a good bowler, you won’t be in the India A side,” Rishabh Pant said to ESPN Cricinfo.
Despite the good show, Rishabh Pant has conceded numerous byes in his first series against England. Most of them have been wide plus boundaries. However, Pant believes that most of the deliveries have been pretty tough to field, as they were quite far away for him.
”No. I didn’t feel that, because if you see those byes, you will know whether 90% of those should be called byes or whatever,” Pant added.
Jos Buttler and coach Bruce Oxenford praised him:
”Yes. People who saw the game live, England wicketkeeping coach Bruce French and Jos Buttler, both of them said they had never seen anyone keeping in England for the first time do so well. Yes, I conceded byes. Obviously, it frustrated me.
But if I am doing my best and I can’t stop them, if the bowler himself is coming to apologise – I am conceding boundaries and he is saying sorry – then you feel…Okay, I am not running away from it, I did miss the odd one here or there, but most of them were difficult to stop.”
Well, it has been a great debut for Rishabh Pant in England. The way he carried the form in Windies series and in the tour of Australia has been brilliant. Perhaps, he already cemented his place in the Test circuit.