The young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan in the 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. There was a lot of debates across the length and breadth of the country after he failed to make the cut for the 15-member team. And now, with an unexpected opportunity, Pant is ready to make a mark in the marquee tournament.
Want to do well for my country: Pant
Rishabh Pant had auditioned for the no four spot ahead of the team selection. But Dinesh Karthik pipped him considering his experience behind the stumps. However, the Delhi cricketer got a call after Shikhar Dhawan copped a blow in the finger during the game against Australia. Pant joined the team ahead of the Pakistan match in Manchester as a cover up for injured Dhawan. And now with the Indian opener ruled out, Pant has joined the squad and will be available for selection against Afghanistan.
Pant revealed that he was his with his mother when he got the call from the management. Rishabh Pant stated that his mother ran straight to the temple to worship when she heard the news of a World Cup call. The wicket-keeper batsman also said that his mother was very happy with the news.
“When I was called as back-up for Shikhi bhai, my mom was with me and I told her before anyone else. She went straight to the temple.. she was very happy,” Pant said to Chahal TV.
Dream come true: Pant
Rishabh Pant also revealed that like everyone, it was his dream to play a World Cup. Admitting that he is super happy with that decision, Pant is keen to do well for his country in the showpiece event if an opportunity comes his way.
“As a kid, I always dreamt of playing at least 1 World Cup and wanted to do well for the country. I am very happy with the call-up,” he concluded.