Rishabh Pant, who has been chosen for India's tour of West Indies, suggested that he is not afraid to feature in a team that has two veteran wicketkeepers other than him. The 19-year old also added that it was just a matter of time before he got an opportunity to feature in the national team.
Rishabh Pant was finessing his keeping skills at the wicketkeepers' camp going on at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore when he received the great news of being selected in the Indian side for the West Indies tour.
Pant, speculated by many to succeed MS Dhoni, has been selected in the team with two veteran wicketkeepers- MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. However, the 19-year old was in good spirits and welcomed the challenge that came along with his selection.
The wicketkeeper-batsman then explained how keeping the wickets had helped him grow as a batsman.
"Keeping wickets helps you grow your knowledge about how the ball behaves. You get the habit of watching the ball closely and that helps in batting too. It is important to keep an eye on the ball," he explained.
The youngster lost his father a couple of days ahead of the Indian Premier League but then overcame his grief to come out all guns blazing in the T20 tournament while making a strong case for the Indian national team for the Champions Trophy. However, the Delhi batsman was chosen as a standby for the tournament but as he puts it, it just bolstered his morale.
"I always believed my time would come," he claimed while adding, "I was told by the management that I am in the scheme of things. Being in the standbys also boosted my confidence."
Pant concluded saying," I am learning a lot of innovative tricks in wicketkeeping but that's for everyone to see in the future."
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.