Rishabh Pant on his India selection: It’s a proud feeling

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Rishabh Pant on his India selection: It’s a proud feeling

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SportsCafe Desk


Delhi wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant has shared his excitement after being selected for the T20 series against England. The Under-19 World Cup star has also said that nothing much has changed for him since the World Cup, apart from working harder on his abilities.

Pant had a prolific Ranji Trophy season, in which he scored a staggering aggregate of 972 runs at an average of 107.28 for Delhi. Pant caught the eye of the selectors by smashing a 326-ball 308 against Maharashtra after wicket keeping for 175 overs. 

Pant, who is now playing the DY Patil Twenty20 Cup in Navi Mumbai, in an exclusive chat with Wisden India, said, “It’s a proud feeling. Chahal Bhai broke the news to me. He told me my name is in the squad, so I asked him to show it to me before I believed it.”

The only rookie to be included in the side, Pant, has been inundated with interview requests since the news of his selection broke out yesterday by the BCCI

“My family members got to know before me. I was in the match, they were not in the match,” he said. “I spoke once, but haven’t got much time to talk to them since then. There have been so many calls coming that I had to switch off my mobile for a while.”

At the half-way mark of the Ranji Trophy, Pant had managed to garner an unbelievable total of 799 runs at an average of 114.4 from four matches. Although he couldn’t translate his performance in the next four matches, his blitzkriegs were sufficient to take notice of him.

Pant said, “It was disappointing to not have qualified for the quarterfinals. It would have given me a chance to touch the 1000-run mark is what I had thought. I was feeling there might be a chance after the kind of scores I made.”

Although some pundits have criticized Pant’s attacking approach from the word go, he feels he will try to capitalize on the chances.

“Nothing has changed since the Under-19 World Cup. I have only worked harder. I will try to capitalize whatever chance I get by doing well. That’s my only thought now, nothing else. Bilkul excited hun, baakiwahanjaakepatalagega (I am excited, more I will get to know when I get to the dressing room).”

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