India’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant talked about what all he learnt from his successful Australia tour; also, what are his upcoming plans regarding the 2019 World Cup in England. Meanwhile, Pant is currently in New Zealand for the three-match T20Is. The first game in Wellington concluded recently with the hosts winning the match by a massive 80 runs. Rishabh, who got included in the XI didn’t impress with his bat, scoring just four off ten balls.

Australia tour taught me a lot – Pant

Rishabh Pant had been touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The left-handed batsman made his Test debut in England last year, where he scored his maiden century at the Oval. On his second overseas tour to Australia, Rishabh took his time before unleashing the onslaught in the final Test in Sydney.

Though he failed to get going in the previous three Tests, Pant hit his second hundred in Tests; remaining unbeaten on 159 in the first innings at the SCG.

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Rishabh Pant said he learnt how to play according to the situation during his successful Australia tour. Image Courtesy: Getty

Pant also finished the Tests as the second highest run-scorer (350); only behind Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs in seven innings. Not only this, behind the wickets he grabbed 20 catches as well.

Later, the ICC acknowledged his contributions by naming him in the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018. Meanwhile, the youngster spoke on the same ahead of the 1st T20I against New Zealand.

‘One of my biggest learning from the Australia tour is I now know how to play according to the situation’, Pant said.

Giving an interview to Aakash Chopra, Pant said he’d be lying if he says he is not thinking of the 2019 World Cup.

“Yes, World Cup always be there on the back of my mind but I am focusing on one match at a time,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant will be in action when India plays the second T20I against New Zealand on February 8th in Auckland.