England vs India: Saw the ball and reacted to it reckons Rishabh Pant
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ENG vs IND 2018: I Saw the Ball and Reacted to it: Rishabh Pant

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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: India batsman Rishabh Pant hits his second ball in test cricket for 6 runs during day one of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 18, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Team India wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has grabbed the headline since his second-ball six on his Test debut against England at Trent Bridge.

Pant, meanwhile, made a significant contribution bagging seven catches including a fifer in the first innings. However, post the match, he has admitted to being nervous ahead of the game.

I was nervous. Everyone is nervous when they play their first match. I saw the ball and reacted to it. I was not thinking of hitting it for a six. I was just playing my normal cricket,” he told reporters.

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More than his batting, Rishabh Pant looked competent with the gloves on behind the stump. The Duke ball generally deviates much through the air after it passes the batsmen.

Wicketkeeping in England is always difficult because the ball wobbles a lot behind the wicket. I have been playing for India ‘A’ since the last two and a half months in England, so it has been helpful for me in my preparation,” Pant added.

Will learn from the mistakes: Rishabh Pant

The young wicket-keeper almost pulled off a brilliant one-handed catch of Jos Buttler off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. However, he vouched to learn from those mistakes and come back stronger in the next game.

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That is the only thing I can do and that is what I have learned from it [dropped catch]. It is a big challenge, but the thing is that when Bumrah bowls, he bowls with a different angle.

So, sometimes we react to it. That day I reacted too much on that ball and the edge came off. I’m not saying that it was not too difficult a catch; I could have pulled it off but it is part of the game,” Rishabh Pant added.

In conclusion, Pant talked about his upbringing in Uttarakhand and credited all his success to childhood coach Tarak Sinha.

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