Rishabh Pant admits that World Cup spot will always be on the back of his mind
"I am too focused on the IPL."
Updated - Mar 17, 2019 7:13 pm
Everyone seems to be talking about the World Cup. Current cricketers, former cricketers, experts, and the broadcasters, everyone seems to be hyping up the World Cup which is slated to take place in England and Wales in May-July later this year. The focus has shifted to white-ball cricket as all the 10 teams look to build towards the showpiece event.
The Indian team has had a wonderful run in the last three years. In 14 ODI bilateral series’, they have won 12 of them. The losses have come against England in July 2018 and against Australia at home very recently. The losses have also been close affairs. Hence, the Virat Kohli-led side is tipped to be one of the favourites to lift the World Cup title, along with England.
Most of the slots for the World Cup seem filled and by Virat Kohli’s admission, there’s just one spot left for discussion. Rishabh Pant is in a tussle with Dinesh Karthik for the second wicket-keeper’s slot. In an interview with CricketNext, the 20-year Delhi stumper said that the World Cup selection will always be on the back of his mind. “It will always be at the back of my mind. But right now, I am not focusing on that. I am too focused on the IPL and wanting to make my team win,” Pant said.
Pressure will always be there: Pant
Rishabh Pant shot into the limelight during the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh. The Delhi-born wicket-keeper batsman has turned up to play the IPL in every season since. He has represented the Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals). Last year, he was in some blazing form as he amassed 684 runs at an average of 52.61 and a strike-rate of 173.60.
Pant admitted that the pressure will always be there at the highest level. However, he is focused on winning games for Delhi. “At this level, the pressure will always be there. Pressure in international cricket is different (to the IPL), I know that. But yes pressure will be there and I want to perform and make my team win,” Pant added.