Rishabh Pant is a dashing left-handed batsman who keeps wickets as well. Originally from Uttarakhand, Pant dreamed and prepared for playing cricket at the highest level from a very young age. It was the 2016 Under-19 World Cup that brought him fame at the international level.
Pant's strength lies mostly in the arc between mid on and square leg as his terrific bat swing causes mayhem on the bowlers. Picked up by the Delhi franchise for the Indian T20 League in 2016, Pant has the skills and ability to destroy any bowling attack on his day.
|Date of Birth||4th October 1997|
|Playing Role||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|Batting Style||Left-handed batsman|
|Teams Played For||India, Asia XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, India Red, North Zone, Team Delhi, India Under-19, Delhi|
|ICC Ranking in Batting||7||91||68|
|Test Debut||vs. England at Trent Bridge, 18 Aug. 2018|
|ODI Debut||vs. West Indies at Guwahati, 21 Oct. 2018|
|T20I Debut||vs. England at Bangalore, 01 Feb. 2017|
|Indian T20 League Debut||vs. Gujarat at Delhi, 27 April 2016|
|Test||20||1358||159* vs. Aus||45.26||71.47||3||6||145||33||75||7|
|ODI||18||529||78 vs. Eng||33.06||114.25||0||3||48||21||9||1|
|T20I||33||512||65* vs. WI||21.33||123.07||0||2||39||21||9||5|
|IT20L||68||2079||128* vs. Hyderabad||35.23||151.97||1||12||183||103||46||11|
|HS||159* vs. Aus||78 vs. Eng||65* vs. WI||128* vs. Hyderabad|
Rishabh Pant was born on 4th October 1997 in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, to Rajendra Pant and Saroj Pant. At the age of 12, Pant would travel to Delhi with his mother on the weekends to get trained by Tarak Sinha at the Sonnet Cricket Academy. He and his mother used to stay at a gurdwara in the Moti Bagh locality as they did not have a place to stay in the city. Pant was told by his mentor to overhaul his entire batting technique to become a better batsman. His turning point came when he was playing U-19 cricket for Delhi against Assam, where he scored 150 runs in the second innings of the match.
At 18, Rishabh Pant made his first-class debut on 22nd October 2015 in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy and his List A debut on 23rd December 2015 in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Pant came into the limelight after his exploits for India in the 2016 U-19 World Cup. He lit up the tournament with a blitzing 24-ball 75, the fastest half century of the tournament, against Nepal and followed it up with a century against Namibia. Although India lost the final to the West Indies, the team came back with a future superstar.
Pant's heroics didn't go unnoticed as days after his innings against Nepal, he was drafted in by the Delhi franchise for ₹1.9 crore. He gained a permanent place on Delhi's domestic teams. In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, Pant scored 308 runs in an innings against Maharashtra, becoming the third-youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket. On 8th November 2016, Pant scored the fastest century in the Ranji Trophy, off just 48 balls, against Jharkhand.
In February 2017, Pant was named Delhi's captain for the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He took over from Gautam Gambhir, who led Delhi to the final in the previous season. The Delhi team’s coach said it was a "consensus decision" to blood Pant for the future. On 14th January, in a 2017–18 zonal T20 league fixture between Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, Pant scored the second-fastest century in a T20 match, making 100 off only 32 balls. He made his India debut against England in a T20I at Bengaluru in 2017. Pant was then the youngest player for India to debut in a T20I match at the age of 19 years and 120 days. He was later overtaken by Washington Sundar, who made his debut in 2017 at the age of 18 years and 80 days. In his third game of the 2016 Indian T20 League, Pant made 69 runs off 40 balls to help Delhi to an 8-wicket victory over Gujarat. He made his maiden half century off 25 balls. In the 2017 season, he scored 97 runs off 43 balls against the same team in Delhi. During the 2018 season, Pant scored 128* off 63 balls against Hyderabad, making the then highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in the league’s history, a record later broken by KL Rahul, who scored 132 runs for Punjab in 2020.
After his batting display for Delhi in the Indian T20 league in 2018, the selectors took a chance with Pant in the shortest format of the game. He went with the national T20I squad to Sri Lanka to play in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Though he didn't do much in that tournament to justify his selection, Pant was selected for the Test squad for India’s tour of England in 2018.
He made his Test debut against
England on 18th August 2018. He became the first batsman for India to get
off the mark with a six in Test cricket. On 11th September 2018, Pant scored
his maiden Test century against England. He became the second-youngest
wicketkeeper and the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in
England. The following month, he was named in India's ODI squad for a series
against the West Indies. He made his ODI debut for India against the West
Indies on 21st October 2018.
In December 2018, during the first Test against Australia, Pant took 11
catches, the most by a wicketkeeper in a Test match for India. In January
2019, Pant became the first wicketkeeper for India to score a century in a
Test match in Australia. Pant was called up to India's squad at the 2019
Cricket World Cup as a cover for Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered an injury
during India's game against Australia. Following the World Cup, the ICC
named Pant as the Rising Star of the Squad.
After scoring just one half century in 21 appearances in all limited-overs international cricket in 2019, Pant was dropped from the limited-overs side and also had an average season in the league in 2020. He eventually found himself out of the first Test against Australia. In the third Test, he helped draw the game with a 97-run innings full of attacking shots and intelligent shot-making. Later he achieved the unthinkable by winning India the fourth Test at Brisbane with an unbeaten 89 on the final day. In the recent home series against England, Pant continued his good form providing crucial runs at No. 6 to help India come back from a 1-0 deficit against England and eventually win the series 3-1. Making his comeback into the ODI team, he scored 2 attacking half centuries coming in in the middle order. In March 2021, Pant was named captain of the Delhi franchise for the 2021 Indian T20 League. Pant's keeping has improved and he has shown an eagerness to learn with every game. He appears to be the perfect successor to keep MS Dhoni’s legacy going for the wicketkeeper-batsman slot in the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant’s career so far has been an epitome of the Indian T20 League's tagline: ”Where talent meets opportunity.” A dasher, an aggressor and the perfect gen-next batsman, he has the potential to be a fearsome cricket player in the years to come.
Here are some of Pant’s biggest achievements in international cricket:
With his ability to score runs at a blistering pace, Rishabh Pant is an absolute entertainer in the T20 format of cricket, especially in the Indian T20 LeagueIndian T20 League.
Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant 128*(63) against Hyderabad on 10th May, 2018. It was the highest-ever score by an Indian in the history of Indian T20 League, before broken by KL Rahul’s 132-run knock in the 2020 season.
Pant got trained under Tarak Sinha at the Sonnet Cricket Academy in the Moti Bagh locality of Delhi.
In 2018, during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Australia’s captain Tim Paine had sledged Pant asking him if he could babysit his kids at home. A few days later, Tim Paine's wife shared a photo with Pant and her kids with the caption - Rishabh Pant - The "Best Babysitter".
Rishabh Pant played in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup which was held in Bangladesh. India lost to West Indies in the final.
Pant was bought by the Delhi team for ₹1.9 crore before the 2016 season. Current salary of Rishabh Pant in the Indian T20 League is ₹15 crore.