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I have so far enjoyed my preparation with red ball cricket: Rishabh Pant

The southpaw has become the beneficiary of his first ever Test squad call-up.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant of India A bats. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

After a superlative and a well-fought limited overs series against the Englishmen on their home soil, the Indian team is all set to shed their colors to wear the white jersey for a long five-match Test series which is scheduled to start on 1st August at  Birmingham. The selection committee has made some interesting changes in the Test squad, which were either tactical or forced changes.

The 20-year old wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has also been included in 18 member squad as a backup wicket-keeper. Rishabh, who has been in prime form right from the start of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was able to continue his dream run for India A when they toured to England. Seeing his consistency and ability to play according to conditions, he was rewarded ahead of regular backup wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.

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Ahead of the long Test series, Rishabh said that the difference isn’t much between red and white ball as its more about the shot selection in the longest format. He also reckons that the ‘duke’ ball which is used in English conditions swings a little more than the Kookaburra ball which gives the advantage to the fast bowlers. He believes that it is important to watch the ball carefully, and take time as 5 days of play is a long period which tests an individual at each and every moment.

Not Much Difference believes Pant

He said, “I reckon there isn’t too much difference, but it has got more to do with shot selection. In red ball cricket, with the field placements, you can look around; take your time, because you have five days to play. Whereas in limited overs cricket you have limited number of balls to play and score”

“I have so far enjoyed my preparation with red ball cricket. The Duke ball swings a lot when you’re here in England and initially when I started playing here with India A, I realized that the swing will come a lot into play in these conditions,” he added.

He also spoke about how is enjoyed playing aside one of the best Test batsmen of Indian cricket, Ajinkya Rahane when they both build two good partnership against England Lions a week ago. He said, in the game against England Lions, India A were not in a good position. We had lost four to five wickets and Ajju bhaiya (Ajinkya Rahane) and I were batting and I had to play according to the situation. So, I thought I’m going to take my own time and get set because in red ball cricket that’s what you do – you need to take your own time and play as per the situation.”

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