India’s talented wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has received the International Cricket Council emerging cricketer of the year award for 2018. Pant made an impressive entry to International level as he scored consistently for the Indian team. The southpaw batsman got off to a mark with a six in his Test career when he smashed Adil Rashid straight over his head.

Pant scored a magnificent hundred in the fifth Test match at the Oval against England. The pugnacious batsman scored 114 in the second innings to give a ray of hope to the Indian team in chasing down the big target. However, it wasn’t to be the case as India lost the game.

Rishabh Pant, Australia vs India 2018/19
Rishabh Pant (Credits – Twitter)

Pant was at his best.

Thus, he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in England. Furthermore, Pant also carried the same form in the four-match Test series against Australia. The left-hander scored a brilliant 159 in the fourth Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

In fact, he was the second leading run-getter in the series as he scored 350 runs at an average of 58.33 and struck his runs at a strike rate of 74. Furthermore, he equaled the record for most catches in the Test match as he galloped 11 catches in the first Test match at Adelaide.

Rishabh Pant, Adam Gilchrist
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Consequently, Rishabh Pant ticked the right boxes in his young career and now has been rewarded with the well-deserved award. Moreover, Indian skipper Virat Kohli dominated the ICC Awards. Kohli became the first player to bag top three ICC Awards in a single year. Virat Kohli is the ICC Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test player of the year and ICC ODI player of the year.

ICC took to their Twitter account to announce the result. The post read as, “Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018! ??

He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England and equaled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December”.

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