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Rishabh Pant – In the footsteps of Gilchrist and Dhoni

Given how he is both admired and feared for his ability to scatter bowling attacks with his dazzling stroke play, it’s perhaps a surprise that Rishabh Pant has saved his best performances in an India shirt for the Test arena. He has already been part of two series wins in Australia, the latest one sealed with an incredible run chase in Brisbane, and struck a Test hundred in England before his 21st birthday.

Teams have employed various tactics to try and contain him, including judicious use of short balls. But Pant, whose fearless approach has won many fans around the world, has invariably found a solution. In Australia, he often bided time before choosing the right moments to attack.

Such patience hasn’t generally been associated with someone who went from Roorkee in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi and then on to Rajasthan to try and break through in the game. It was finally back in Delhi that he found his feet, and his big hitting for the India Under-19s paved the way for a lucrative Indian T20 League contract with the Delhi team.

Though 3 scores above 50 in 24 innings didn’t quite do justice to his talent, there were enough glimpses in the first two seasons to convince Team Delhi to retain him in the 2018 auction. He repaid that faith with 684 runs made at thrilling pace, a strike rate of 173.60, as he made a century and 5 fifties. He backed it up with 488 more runs in 2019 before enduring a slump in the UAE in 2020. With Shreyas Iyer out injured, he was Delhi’s choice to lead the team in 2021. The added responsibility has done wonders for both his individual performance as well as the team’s, though the team lost to Kolkata in Eliminator 2. Pant’s improved wicketkeeping skills and aggressive batting earned him a spot on the Indian team for the 2021 T20 World Cup. While recognizing the importance of Pant to the side, the Delhi team retained him for a fee of ₹16 crores ahead of the mega auction in February 2022.

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Rishabh Pant’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Rishabh Rajendra Pant
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 4th October 1997
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Haridwar
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′7″
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Left-handed batter
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Wicketkeeper-batter
    • Major Teams Played For
    • :
    • India, Delhi team

Rishabh Pant’s Current Rankings

Rishabh Pant’s Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Test
    • 28
    • 48
    • 1735
    • 159* vs AUS
    • 39.43
    • 67.48
    • 4
    • 0
    • 7
    • 182
    • 38
    • 102
    • 8
    • ODI
    • 24
    • 22
    • 715
    • 85 vs SA
    • 32.50
    • 109.32
    • 0
    • 0
    • 5
    • 70
    • 24
    • 19
    • 1
    • T20I
    • 43
    • 37
    • 683
    • 65* vs WI
    • 24.39
    • 125.78
    • 0
    • 0
    • 3
    • 51
    • 29
    • 13
    • 7

Rishabh Pant – Key Skills and strengths

Like MS Dhoni, who preceded him as India’s wicketkeeper, Pant can often look ungainly at the crease. But he has tremendous mental strength and a range of shots that ask questions of the very best bowlers. Capable of launching the ball into the stands, he’s equally adept at finding the gaps with his drives and cuts. And after being thrown into the deep end with the Indian team on tours of England and Australia, his wicketkeeping has improved rapidly as well.

Shikhar Dhawan’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • I T20 League
    • 16
    • 9
    • 60
    • 1
    • 0

Rishabh Pant’s Awards and Achievements

Just 19 when he first played for the Indian cricket team in T20Is, Pant had the toughest of introductions to Test cricket, with tours of England and Australia in his first year in the long format. He aced both challenges, and despite disappointments in the limited-overs arena, he remains a big part of India’s plans going forward.

Here are some of Pant’s achievements in international cricket:

  • Pant’s sparkling 89* at Brisbane in January 2021 not only won India the series, but made them the first team to breach the Gabba fortress since 1988.

  • Pant’s 11 catches at Adelaide in December 2018 is a world record he shares with England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

  • Those 11 dismissals beat the Indian record of 10 set by Wriddhiman Saha in Cape Town earlier that year.

  • Pant is one of only 7 visiting batters to score a Test hundred in England before the age of 21. Others include Sachin Tendulkar and Neil Harvey, the Australian legend.

  • In more than 140 years of Test cricket, Pant is only the 9th wicketkeeper to score 350 runs and take 20 catches in a series.

  • At 21, Pant was also the fourth-youngest to score a Test hundred at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, with Sachin Tendulkar leading that list.

Rishabh Pant’s Indian T20 League Journey

Pant was still smashing the ball to all parts during the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 when the Delhi team paid ₹1.9 crore for him at the Indian T20 League auction. He soon justified that investment by scoring a 25-ball half century, though the first season didn’t always go according to the plan. In his second year, he made 366 runs, convincing Delhi to up his salary to ₹8 crore and retain him ahead of the 2018 auction. A thrilling 684-run season followed, and in 2021, the franchise entrusted him with the captaincy. He has responded by leading as fearlessly as he bats, and the future looks bright for both the player and the team. After being retained by the Delhi team for the 2022 edition, Pant will lead them yet again and aim for greater success.

Here are some of Pant’s biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • Pant is the youngest player to score 1000 runs in the Indian T20 League, having reached the landmark in 2018.

  • Pant was 20 when he became the second-youngest to score a century in the league. Only Manish Pandey was younger.

  • Pant topped the six-hitting charts in the 2018 season, striking 37 sixes.

  • His blistering hitting for Delhi in 2018 won him the league’s Emerging Player of the Year award.

  • Among Indian batters, only KL Rahul has made a higher score than Pant’s 128*.

    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Indian T20 League
    • 84
    • 2498
    • 128* vs Hyderabad
    • 35.18
    • 147.16
    • 1
    • 15
    • 225
    • 113
    • 56
    • 14

Rishabh Pant: FAQs

How did Pant’s late father prepare him for the difficulties of cricket at the highest level?

Rishabh’s father would strap a pillow to Rishabh’s chest and throw a cork ball at him, so that the young boy could overcome his fear of being hit.

Which football club does Pant support?

After Pant posted pictures of India celebrating a victory against England while he was wearing a Liverpool football club jersey, the club responded with a tweet that said, “Loving the shirt.”

What’s the connection between Pant and babysitting?

During India’s 2-1 Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, Tim Paine – the home team captain and wicketkeeper – had quite a few verbal exchanges with Pant. During one, he asked if Pant would babysit his kids, as he had been dropped from India’s ODI team. Undaunted, Pant then posed for a picture with Paine’s wife, Bonnie, and their kids, in a picture that went viral.

Who is Pant’s favorite Test cricketer?

He says it was Adam Gilchrist’s exploits with the bat and gloves for Australia that inspired him to take up the game.

Is Pant single?

Pant has been dating Isha Negi for a couple of years now.

Which of the world’s finest bowlers did Pant impress during the tour of Australia in 2020-21?

Pat Cummins, who’s ranked the No.1 bowler in Test cricket. “As a fan, you always tend to enjoy someone who is playing a completely different game than everybody else,” said Cummins in an interview. “They are fearless. You look at them and feel, ‘Geez, wish I could do that as well. Geez, he was brave.’ So I think in three recent series, it was Rishabh Pant.”

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