Rishabh Pant, the 20-year old wicket-keeper batsman has been getting praises and appreciation for his brilliant debut. Ahead of the third of the five-test match series, Rishabh Pant received his maiden test cap from the skipper Virat Kohli. He replaced Dinesh Karthik to make it to the playing XI. He became the 291st Indian cricketer to receive the Test match cap.
Rishabh Pant made a power-packed debut, he opened his innings with a stunning six.The Adil Rashid’s delivery was powerfully hit by Rishabh Pant and by doing so,he became the first Indian cricketer to open his test debut with a six. He hit 24 off 51 balls and helped India reach a respectable score of 329 in their first innings.
He then took five catches in England’s first innings, becoming the fourth Indian cricketer to do so in the debut match.
After his match, Rishabh Pant’s mother Saroj Pant was very happy with the performance of Rishabh in his debut match. She told The Kashmir Times that he is mentally very strong, she said :
“I was very nervous when I heard that he would be making his Test debut. I was very much surprised. Before going into play the Test, he telephoned me and asked me to watch him play on TV. I generally don’t watch matches on TV when he is playing. However, after his father’s recent death, he has been requesting me to watch him play,”
However, Rishabh Pant’s coach, Tarak Sinha was not at all surprised by his performance. He has trained many former cricketers as well. Talking about his performance, he said :
“Rishabh is a steel [sic] man and among all my other promising pupils, has ability to hit hard. He is mentally very strong and is not only the player with the white ball. He has proved that he can play the red cherry with confidence and against all odds”.
Well, after this stunning debut the fans are waiting for his upcoming performances in the test match.
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