Rishabh Pant is a popular Indian cricketer. He plays as a left-handed middle-order batsman and a wicketkeeper. Pant has played 112 matches for India throughout all formats and has scored 3,846 runs, including 6 centuries and 18 half-centuries.
Early life and Childhood
Rishabh Pant was born in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India on 4 October 1997. His parents were Saroj Pant and Rajendra Pant. Pant started batting from a young age and would frequently travel to Delhi to train with renowned coach Tarak Sinha, who later advised him to start playing for Rajasthan U-13 and U-15 teams instead of his current state team. From the beginning, Pant had a unique batting style which raised a few eyebrows and some coaches even asked him to forego his current batting technique and focus on developing a new one which is more traditional. But Pant continued playing with his original batting technique and success finally came for him when he scored 150 runs in an innings against Assam in a U-19 Test cricket match. And after that, his confidence was boosted and he even scored the fastest half-century in the 2016 U-19 Cricket World Cup.
Rishabh Pant played his first Ranji trophy match on 22 October 2015 for his state team, Delhi. He also played his first Vijay Hazare Trophy in November 2015. Pant had a phenomenal 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, where he even scored a triple century in a match against Maharashtra and also scored the fastest century in the Ranji trophy, off just 48 balls. Due to this, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for the 2016 edition of the IPL. And he delivered with a 50+ score in just the third match of his IPL career.
In 2017, Rishabh was appointed as the captain of the Delhi team for the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the same year, he scored 366 runs for Delhi Daredevils, with a top score of 97 off just 43 balls against the Gujarat Lions. In 2018, Pant scored 100 runs from just 32 balls in the 2017-18 Zonal T20 League match against Himachal Pradesh. This was also the second-fastest century in a T20 match. And in the 2018 IPL, he scored 128 runs off just 63 balls and remained not out, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Back then, that was the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in IPL’s history. Due to his consistent performances, he was appointed as the captain of the Delhi Capitals team for the 2021 edition of the IPL and was retained as the captain for this year’s IPL as well. Till now, Pant has scored 2838 runs in 98 matches in the IPL with a fantastic strike rate of 148. And in 1st class cricket, he has scored 3975 runs in just 55 matches.
Due to his great performance in T20 cricket, he was made to debut for India against England in a T20I match on 1 February 2017 at just the age of 19 years old. With moderate performances in limited overs cricket, he went on to make his Test debut against England on 18 August 2018. He showed his fearless attitude by smacking the first ball he ever faced in Test cricket for a six, becoming the first Indian to do so on his Test debut. In a Test match against England on 11 September 2018, Pant scored his first Test century and became the only Indian wicket-keeper to ever do so. After his blistering knocks against England in the Test series, he made his ODI debut against West Indies on 21 October 2018.
In the 2018-19 India’s Tour of Australia, Rishabh Pant was selected in the Indian squad. In the first Test match, he took the most number of catches by an Indian wicketkeeper with 11 catches. And in the fourth match of the series, Pant scored the only century ever made by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia. In the latter part of 2019, Pant was selected to play in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
2020 turned out to be a flop year for Rishabh Pant. He only scored 343 runs in the IPL at a poor strike rate of 113. And he was subsequently dropped from the limited-over Indian squad. However, he got to play in the 2020-21 India-Australia Test series. His performance in the series was phenomenal. He scored 97 runs to save the third Test match and went on to score an unbeaten 89 runs in the fourth match to help India secure a legendary series win against Australia. His terrific performance in this Test series ensured his comeback into the Indian squad in all formats.
In the last T20 World Cup, Pant played as a wicketkeeper-batsman for India. Pant was able to only score 78 runs in three innings. Recently in March of this year, Pant scored the fastest fifty by a batsman for India in a Test match against Sri Lanka, reaching it in just 28 deliveries. And in May 2022, in the South Africa- India 2022 series. Pant was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian team. But later was named as the captain of the squad, following India’s captain KL Rahul was ruled out of the entire series due to him suffering an injury. This made Pant the second-youngest captain ever to lead India in a T20I match. And in July 2022, Pant performed excellently in the test match against England, scoring 146 and 57 runs. Also in the ODI series against England, he scored his first ever ODI century, scoring an unbeaten 125 runs off just 113 balls. This performance helped India win the ODI series against England.
Pant is an exciting cricketer, who is loved by all for his cheeky personality and his fearless batting attitude. He is lion-hearted and has smacked numerous reputed bowlers all over the ground. Pant will be hoping to impress the selectors in the current Asia Cup with some stellar performances to ensure a spot in the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup squad. You can also check today match highlights to learn more about Pant.
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