Rishabh Pant, the India swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman has been in tremendous form in recent Test matches, as his scores in Australia Tests Down Under and later the home series against England is a testament to it.
The upcoming five-Test series between India and England will mark a full circle for Rishabh Pant, for it was three years ago during India’s 2018 tour of the UK that he made his Test debut for India. Sure, Rishabh Pant had played a few T20I games prior to it, but the England Tests is where Rishabh Pant’s stocks really rose. Apart from hitting a six off only the second ball in Test cricket, Rishabh Pant peeled off a century playing only his third Test.
Rishabh Pant Reveals Name Of 4 Cricketers Teammates He Turns For Advice
This time around though, he will head into the forthcoming Test series with a reputation. The India wicketkeeper-batsman has been in tremendous form in Test matches. Rishabh Pant is an automatic pick even in the limited-overs formats as well, but Test matches are where the youngster has really excelled.
While talking about his journey in international cricket so far, Rishabh Pant, while speaking to BCCI.tv, revealed the names of four people to who he turns for advice.
“All the seniors and coaching staff, like, I talk to Rohit bhai a lot. Talking about the game, previous matches, what we could have done, what we could not have done. In the future, if a similar situation happens, what are the possible outcomes, what more can we add). Virat bhaiya is there to help me out with the technical stuff, especially about playing in England, standing a bit forward or back,” Rishabh Pant said.
In batting, the two names he took were that of the India captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, and with a series as crucial as the one that is lined up ahead of him, the wicketkeeper-batsman revealed how his two senior teammates are there to help him out.
Rishabh Pant Also Speaks A Lot To Ravi Shastri And Ravichandran Ashwin
The other two individuals Rishabh Pant mentioned were coach Ravi Shastri and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and for very different reasons.
“Ravi bhai (head coach Ravi Shastri) is also there, I speak to him a lot because he has played enough cricket all over the world, he has the idea,” Pant added.
“Ash bhai (Ravichandran Ashwin), he always has an idea about what the batsman could do. So, when he bowls, as a batsman I can ask him what he’s thinking. So, as a player, I just want to learn from each and every person.”
Rishabh Pant continued his love affair with Australia on India’s last tour in 2020-21. With the team battling multiple adversities and injuries, he scored 97 runs off 118 balls in the third Test and an unbeaten 89 in the fourth Test in Brisbane and was adjudged Man of the match, as India won the match and series.
Rishabh Pant was picked in the playing XI again ahead of Wriddhiman Saha for the home Test series against England. In the four Tests, he scored 270 runs at an average of 54.00, including one century and two fifties. He batted at a strike rate of 84.11 in the four-match series, which India won comprehensively 3-1.