In the last few months, Rishabh Pant’s international career has taken a turn for the worse. From being in the former captain of India MS Dhoniin the shadows, Pant has now cut his own niche to become a decisive member of the national structure.
Pant’s impressive performances in Australia and the home series against England made him India’s first choice for the upcoming World Cup final and a series of five tests against the Three Lions.
The 23-year-old also tasted success with Delhi Capitals after taking responsibility for the franchise in the absence of regular skipper Shreas Ayer. Under Pant, Delhi finished at the top of the table with points earlier this year IPL was stopped in the middle of the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in its bio-bubble.
Indian leg Yuzvendra sighed also praised Pant’s growth, saying the left-hander had “matured” since his appearance for India at the 2019 World Cup.
“Rishabh Pant’s cotton style has not changed, but he has become mentally tougher. He is clearer about what he wants to do now and has started to take on more responsibility. I would say he has really matured too late. “Chahal told Sports Tak in an interview.
“I remember he joined the team in the middle of the 2019 World Cup. When we lost the semi-final (against New Zealand), he was really injured. As an older brother, I saw that he was affected a lot. Talk to him during this phase and he came out of it well, “he added.
Pant’s rejuvenated journey began in Australia, where he first helped India test the Sydney test with a 97-run knock, then scored 89 wins in the Gabba match to claim the Border-Gavaskar trophy. He also continued his brilliant form to achieve a Test Hundred at home against England earlier this year.
“In Australia, he scored those 89, not Gaba, to lead the team to victory. Even in the Ahmedabad test (fourth test against England), when the ball was spinning a lot, he managed to break an excellent hundred.
“These blows proved his maturity and his hunger. He was not able to perform consistently before, but now he understands what he needs to do to succeed at this level. I am glad that he took responsibility and proved his worth. said Chahal.