Cricket has found its another star. A star that is shining in all its glory and is set to capture the imagination of not just India, but perhaps, the entire world. Rishabh Pant, the Delhi lad, who has had some amazing innings in a short time is all set for a dynamic career in Indian & International Cricket.
Dedicated, humble, and superbly talented, we are excited to see him breaking records and bringing home some sweet victories. With the future so bright, we decided to glimpse into Rishabh Pant’s life story and understand the qualities that make him a champ!
Cricket ( Wicketkeeper Batsman)
Date of Birth
4th October 1997 ( Roorkee, Uttarakhand)
Saroj Pant, Rajendra Pant
How It All Began
Born and brought up in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, Rishabh was fascinated with cricket right from childhood. Due to lack of infrastructural opportunities, Rishabh had to move from one city to another. When he was 12 years old, his parents decided to move to Delhi. Here, Rishabh got an opportunity to train under Tarak Sinha.
Sinha had previously trained Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan. Sinha’s guidance helped Rishabh to develop a solid base. Later, he moved to Rajasthan to participate at the district-level tournaments. Rishabh was treated as an outsider there and came back to Delhi to finish his schooling.
Soon, Rishabh made his first-class debut. He had just turned 18 then and kicked off his debut with a half century.
Rishabh was a clear player for India at the ICC U-19 World Cup. His three consecutive fifties and 78 off 24 balls against Nepal helped him take the team to the finals. He also scored 111 off 96 balls against Namibia. Though India U-19 lost the finals, Rishabh’s performance stood out and a potential star was born.
Indian Premier League
Rishabh was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a staggering amount of Rs. 1.9 crore in 2016. He proved to be absolutely worth the money by scoring 198 runs in 10 matches and won the Man of the Match award.
Players with some of the cricketing legends have truly been an enriching experience for Rishabh. In an interview with the India Times, he said, “It helps a lot. They have played the game at the very highest level and won everything there is to win. Their experience and insights are great to learn from. (But) It is ultimately about going out there and playing the game best way that you can. And none of them will ever tell you to change your style.”
This guidance is sure to benefit Rishabh tremendously.
In the 2017 edition of the league, Rishabh scored a blazing 97 runs from just 43 balls to guide Delhi Daredevils to victory against the Gujarat Lions.
Rishabh continued his stellar run with a stunning 128 not out from 63 balls in the 2018 edition of the league. It earned him the distinction of achieving the highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in a Twenty20 match.
It isn’t surprising then that he was awarded the ‘Emerging Player of the Season’ in 2018. He was also the second-highest run scorer in the edition of the league.
Pravin Amre, Delhi Daredevils’ assistant coach, was talking about Rishabh to ESPN in an interview. He said, “He would achieve his targets effortlessly. His bat swing is very good and the power with which he hits is eye-catching. Rishabh did very well in our practice games and we had planned then to use him properly in the IPL.”
“I play according to the merit of the ball. It’s important to back your natural game but you have to keep the situation in mind too. As I scored a century in the last match, it came after 150-odd deliveries. You can’t play every ball aggressively,” he told India TV News.
Rishabh likes to keep his basic style of playing same for all tournaments. His fearless hitting has made him very popular among the masses. Fortunately for Rishabh, his game is very natural and he doesn’t have to exert himself too much for a for a forceful shot. His bat swing is superb and it isn’t surprising that bowlers are nervous when bowling to him.
Of course, getting that perfect swing took a lot of work. Rishabh focused on his basics and slowly developed his technique. He tended to try and hit only sixes initially, but now he is going beyond raw, power hitting.
A Personal Setback
Everything was working very well for Rishabh when he received a huge blow. Hi father, Rajendra Pant passed away due to a cardiac arrest in 2017. Rishabh’s father was his biggest supporter and losing him affected Rishabh a lot. However, he wasn’t going to sit and cry and decided to perform even better for his father. He made a half-century in just 33 balls and displayed immense professionalism.
Take a bow Rishabh Pant scores half century in 33 balls who joined the team yesterday after performing last rites of his deceased father..
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 8, 2017
Indian National Team
It isn’t surprising that his exploits in the U-19 World Cup and IPL earned him a place in the Indian squad. He made his debut against England in a Twenty20 International match in 2017. His test debut followed in August 2018 and ODI debut in October 2018. Test and ODI debut were against the West Indies.
“I prefer one-day cricket but my sir [Sinha] doesn’t consider anyone an international player until he plays a Test. For sir, I have to play Test cricket. I also want to play Tests. In our club, only Test players are called ‘country’ players by sir,” Pant told ESPNcricinfo in Mumbai.
Rishabh became the 291st Indian test cricket player in August 2018. Though the young lad couldn’t impress with his bat, he more than made up with his fielding. He took not one, nor two, but five stunning catches! With this achievement against England in Trent Bridge, Rishabh joined the illustrious list of Naren Tamhane, Kiran More, and Naman Ojha, who hold the same record. He did make a sizzling start by hitting a six on the first ball.
“I was nervous. Everyone is nervous when they play their first match. (But) when I see the ball, I don’t think too much, just react to it. I was playing normal cricket,” he told the Hindustan Times.
Rishabh earns approximately 15 crore rupees as of 2018.
- Rishabh Pant is a big fan of Adam Gilchrist. He decided to become a wicketkeeper-batsman because of him.
- He is the third-youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket. He scored 308 off 326 balls against Maharashtra in the 2016 Ranji Trophy tournament.
- He holds the distinction of being the second wicket-keeper to score a triple century in the Ranji Trophy.
- Another record he holds is that of scoring the fastest century in Ranji Trophy 2016-17. It just took him 48 balls!
- He is the first Indian cricketer to smash a six on the first ball of his Test cricket debut.
- Rahul Dravid played a huge role in shaping Rishabh’s career when he was in India A team.
- Rishabh prefers to relax by listening to music, going for treks, or for swimming.
- His favourite actress is Shraddha Kapoor and actors are Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
- Rishabh is a huge football fan and supports Manchester United FC.
- Rishabh Pant owns a Mercedes-Benz GLC.
- He is known as a prankster in the team.
- He also gets bored with his look easily and likes to experiment with hair colours or explore better wardrobe choices.
It is good to see Rishabh learning a lot form Virat Kohli. The dashing captain is one of the best cricketers in the world, and Rishabh is lucky to be part of Virat’s team. Virat has time and again appreciated Rishabh.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 17, 2018
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) November 17, 2018
Rishabh enjoying a session of intense cardio with Virat Kohli. Grinding never stops… well said!
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) October 21, 2018
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a true inspiration for Rishabh Pant.
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) May 16, 2018
Rishabh Pant bonding and having a good time with his seniors- M.S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina.
Rishabh is an out and out family man. He is wishing all his followers a very happy Diwali in the picture.
Rishabh believes in doing out-of-the-box things and surprise himself. This is just the becoming, he has a long way to go. With his immense talent and discipline, nothing can stop him from being an excellent wicket-keeper batsman.
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