Rishabh Pant and Virat kohli (Photo-AFP)
Rishabh Pant and Virat kohli (Photo-AFP)

Last Update on: October 20th, 2022 at 01:59 pm

Indian wicketkeeper batter, Rishabh Pant spoke to the ICC and said he is excited to play in the opening encounter of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 against arch-rivals Pakistan in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, October 23. Expressing his opinion on the India-Pakistan clash, he said that he is waiting for the opportunity to play.

When India and Pakistan met in last year’s T20 World Cup in a group-stage match, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam successfully chased down the 152-run target set by India without losing a wicket, giving Pakistan a convincing 10-wicket victory. India is now under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, and the two teams have played twice this year in the Asia Cup 2022.

Rishabh Pant, Babar Azam
Rishabh Pant, Babar Azam. (Photo: Twitter)

Virat Kohli Can Teach How To Go Through Situations – Rishabh Pant

Star batsman Rishabh Pant said Virat Kohli’s immense experience helps in dealing with pressure situations and influences the cricketing journey of youngsters. The 25-year-old will be hoping to revive his batting partnership with the former captain when India take on Pakistan in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. Kohli has been in good form recently and is a player to watch in the Indian setup.

“He (Kohli) can actually teach you how to go through situations, which might help you in your cricket journey going forward, so it is nice batting with him as always,” Pant told the T20 World Cup site.

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Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli
Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli (Image credits: Twitter)

“It’s good to have someone with a lot of experience batting with you because he can take you through how to take the game on and how to maintain that run-a-ball pressure kind of thing,” he added.

I Smacked Hasan Ali For Two Sixes With One Hand, My Special Shot – Rishabh Pant

Kohli scored 57 runs off 49 balls and Pant scored 39 off 30 balls, but no other Indian batsman could cross the 15-run mark. The two batsmen shared a partnership of 53 runs, which helped India post a decent total. Speaking about the match, Pant recalled smacking Hasan Ali for two sixes in the same over.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant, Image Credit (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I fondly remember that I smacked Hasan Ali for two sixes in the same over. We were trying to get the run rate up because we lost early wickets, and we staged a partnership between Virat and me. We were increasing the run rate, and I smacked him for two sixes with one hand, my special shot,” recalled Pant.

Speaking about the experience of playing arch-rivals Pakistan, Pant said, “It’s always special playing against Pakistan because there is a special hype around that match as always. There are so much emotions involved, not only for us, but the fans and everyone. It’s a different kind of feeling, a different kind of ambiance when you go on to the field and when you take on the field, you see people cheering here and there. It’s a different atmosphere and when we were singing our national anthem, I actually get goosebumps.”

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