Started wicketkeeping because my father was a wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant

"You need to keep yourself agile if you want to be a good wicketkeeper," Pant also said.

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Rishabh Pant. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has revealed the reason behind him taking the wicketkeeping role in cricket and said he was inspired by his father. Pant has been a regular in the Indian side for quite a few years now and is a key member of the national side, too. He made his way as a replacement for the legendary MS Dhoni, who did not appear in the game after the 2019 World Cup.

Pant has also set an example by leading the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. The 24-year-old will now be seen in the forthcoming five-match T20I home series against South Africa starting June 9 (Thursday) and will be taking the gloves apart from being skipper KL Rahul’s deputy.

“I have no idea if my wicketkeeping has got better or not, I am just trying to give my 100 percent every single day. I was always a wicketkeeper-batter. As a kid, I started doing wicketkeeping because my father was a wicketkeeper too. That’s how it all started out,” he said on the SG Podcast.

Pant has achieved many laurels in the past few years with the Indian team, one of the best being the Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory against Australia, where he played an unbeaten knock of 89*(138) in the second innings of the Gabba Test, thereby leading the team towards a series win.

“You need to keep yourself agile if you want to be a good wicketkeeper. If you are agile enough, it will help you. Second thing is to watch the ball till the end. Sometimes what happens is that we know that the ball is coming so, we tend to relax, but you should be watching it till you catch it. Lastly, be disciplined and work on the technique,” he added while sharing tips for becoming a successful wicketkeeper.

If you can’t refresh your mind, you won’t be able to give your 100 percent: Rishabh Pant

Pant is now a vital part of the Indian team across all formats and has been a part of almost all of India’s series since the teams started playing in the Covid-19 pandemic conditions. He was last seen playing at the IPL 2022, leading the Capitals on the big stage. It has been a packed season for Pant, who had been playing for the Indian team continuously before the IPL started.

Talking about keeping the mind fresh amid such a tight schedule, he said: “When you play throughout the year, you want to refresh your mind, especially with the kind of pressure with which we play constantly. If you can’t refresh your mind, you won’t be able to give your 100 percent. As cricketers, we need to keep working on our minds and keep refreshing.”

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