IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant hails Ricky Ponting as a coach

IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant hails Ricky Ponting

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2018, Ricky Ponting, Delhi Daredevils, Ravi Shastri, Team India
Rishabh Pant is known for his strong approach. Photo Credit: IPL.

Aggressive young and exciting wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant ahead of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) edition eleven has praised his coach Ricky Ponting for Delhi Daredevils.

The 21-year-old left-hander Rishabh subsequently believes Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir has been giving his best for the same. He is hopeful of the IPL franchise’s fortunes will change in the impending edition.

“Ricky sir gives you a lot of positive vibes. He is someone who always wants to win and same with our skipper Gautam Gambhir. I am expecting that things will change this season,” PTI quotes Pant.

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2018, Ricky Ponting, Delhi Daredevils, Ravi Shastri, Team India
Left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant will be a player to watch out for in IPL 2018. Photo Credit: IPL.

On January 4, Daredevils retained Pant alongside Shreyas Iyer and Chris Morris in the retention procedure.

“The coaches can work on your mindset but it is the player, who has to give his hundred percent and execute it on the field,” Pant added.

Pertinently, in the tenth edition, Daredevils finished on sixth place.

Following the plain performance with 23 and 7 in the recently concluded Tri-nation Nidahas Trophy, Pant believes he has been nursing himself to give his premium best for his outfit.
Pant was dropped after the disappointing outing on the Islanders shores.

“The atmosphere in the Indian dressing room is fantastic. I learnt a lot. Failures often teach you a lot and I believe I will comeback harder,” Pant asserted.

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2018, Ricky Ponting, Delhi Daredevils, Ravi Shastri, Team India
Photo Credit: IPL.

In the Daredevils camp, the youngster in the form of Pant is keen to perform for his side after working on his set of skills.

Pertinently, Pant has been advised by Team India head coach Ravi Shastri while giving him tips to work further on his game.

“I am working on certain skills and also fitness with my coach Tarak Sinha. While returning from Sri Lanka, I had an interaction with Ravi Shastri. He told me to work on certain skills and I am trying to implement it in my game,” Pant said.

While talking to the journalists on the sidelines of Daredevils’ training camp, Pant Remarked he couldn’t reveal the exact conversation but it has boosted his morale, and he is working on it.

“It’s between the coach and his player. I can’t disclose that. It was a good interaction,” Pant further said.

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2018, Ricky Ponting, Delhi Daredevils, Ravi Shastri, Team India
Rishabh Pant also played under Dravid for Daredevils. Photo Credit: IPL.

For Under-19, Rishabh Pant was overseen by veteran Rahul Dravid. Pant set his prime focus to excel in the game he has cherished.

Pant made his international debut against England at Bengaluru in February 2017. He went on to play four Twenty20 Internationals in which he scored 73 runs at an average of 24.33.

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