With every passing day, Rishabh Pant’s stature as the flag-bearer of Indian cricket is growing by leaps and bounds. The 19-year old batsman has been on a roll since last year as his hugely impressive brand of attractive, entertaining and attacking game has made many consider him as the worthy successor of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After playing an integral role in India’s march to the final of Under-19 World Cup last year, where he had slammed an 18-ball fifty against Nepal- the fastest-ever fifty in this age group, the left-handed batsman turned his attention to the Ranji Trophy and left one and all spellbound with his sensational batting performances.
He scored 972 runs from 9 matches, a highest of 308, four hundreds, two fifty at an amazing average of 81 and with an astonishing strike-rate of 107.28. 103 fours and 49 sixes only showed the destruction he can cause when in full flow. His good show was rewarded with a maiden India call when he was picked in the team for the three-match T20I series against England
After a highly successful domestic season that also saw him being appointed as the skipper of Delhi for the Vijay Hazare trophy, the youngster began his preparation for the Indian Premier League. But even before the start of the tournament, he suffered probably the biggest possible setback as his father passed just away. However, Pant once again showed that why is he rated so highly in the cricket fraternity by leaving behind his personal tragedy to join Delhi Daredevils team just a day after performing the last rites of his father. And as if it was not enough to show his immense grit and determination, he blasted 57 runs of just 36 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore just a couple of days after his father’s death. So far, he has scored 281 runs in the IPL including a stunning 43-ball 97 runs knock that helped the Daredevils to chase down 208 runs against Gujarat Lions.
So, it is not surprising at all to see the youngster becoming one of the most sought after players in the country. He is surely leading a good and a lavish life right now but he has not always led such a gilded life.
In a video posted by The Quint, the youngster has revealed how he overcame adversities in his younger days to become such a good player. Calling his father his biggest support, he revealed that he used to board a bus at 2 in the morning in Roorkee and traveled for around five hours to reach Delhi for his practice. He also shared his experience on his India debut and spoke on lot more other topics.
Check out the video for more (Video: Via The Quint):