Team India young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reveals now he has somewhat an idea of England conditions before the upcoming 2019 World Cup. His emergence has augured well for the Men in Blue as the healthy competition has extended far and wide within the team. Pant is not intimidated of the bowlers, adding they face such bowlers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said it’s a ball that does just a bit in United Kingdom (UK).
“No. You face all these bowlers in the IPL. Domestic cricket has these same bowlers. Just that the ball moves a lot more in England. But that’s okay, there’s always a first time,” Pant told ESPNcricinfo.
In his recent interviews, Pant has revealed that it has been a learning curve for him. He added the series Down Under had helped him a lot to make adjustments according to the conditions.
Aggression is the definition of Pant who started off his Test cricket with a maximum on the bowling of premium leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Exemplary in his approach, Pant has impressed one and all with his international show in English conditions.
Pant’s hopeful of coming good as a ‘keeper:
But, Pant had a tough time while donning the glovework in England. He struggled to deliver behind the stumps in England where he conceded many byes.
However, the tidbits from Kiran More and a little tweaking have helped Pant on his recent Australia tour.
“I can say that as a wicketkeeper when I played India A matches and then against the Lions, I had a fair idea of what to expect. Also, these matches were played with the Dukes ball,” Pant added.
To be a bit fair, Pant reiterated the 90 per cent of conceded byes is supposed to be a tough call to be termed as a failure. He stressed that he did his best to stop those wide deliveries, but turned out to be too hard to stop in between.
“But if I am doing my best and I can’t stop them, if the bowler himself is coming to apologise – I am conceding boundaries and he is saying sorry – then you feel…Okay, I am not running away from it, I did miss the odd one here or there, but most of them were difficult to stop,” Pant revealed.
Bruce French and Jos Buttler hail Pant:
Also, England gloveman Jos Buttler and wicket-keeping consultant Bruce French have lauded Pant’s efforts in English conditions.
Pant who weathered the criticism further added he was perturbed following the fallout in his maiden England series.
“No. I didn’t feel that, because if you see those byes, you will know whether 90% of those should be called byes or whatever. Yes. People who saw the game live, England wicketkeeping coach Bruce French and Jos Buttler, both of them said they had never seen anyone keeping in England for the first time do so well. Yes, I conceded byes. Obviously, it frustrated me,” Pant further added.
In 2018, Pant played three Test matches in England to amass 162 runs at an average of 27.
Besides, he slammed his maiden hundred at the Oval to become India’s first-ever wicketkeeper-batsman to record a century in England.
Moreover, the 21-year-old southpaw has delivered goods on Australia tour where he smashed unbeaten 159 in Sydney Test.
Pant credits India A bowlers:
Earlier, Pant has earned the accolades following his consistent show in the domestic fold, before coming good during India A fixtures against England Lions.
The southpaw Pant has hailed India A bowlers while adding they have been a massive advantage for him to improve his game.
Pant reiterated until and unless you’re not good enough as a bowler, you won’t make it to the India A.
“And it is India A bowlers who go and bowl in Tests in the future. Unless you are a good bowler, you won’t be in the India A side,” Pant stated.
Following the decent show in England, Windies, Australia, New Zealand, but is eyeing a spectacular show in the upcoming 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England in Wales.