Rishabh Pant hails from Haridwar, Uttarakhand. A 21-year-old, Wicket-Keeper Batsman, Pant is the new star face of the Indian cricket. However, before becoming a household name, he too had to go through tough times.
At the beginning of his career, he, along with his mother used to travel to Delhi via bus to play cricket. They would find shelter in a Gurudwara at Motibagh to spend the night.
The next morning, he used to practice at the Sonnet cricket academy and takes lessons from his guru, Tarak Sinha.
“There were lots of such struggles in those days. My mother would not even sleep in the bus. Night bus journeys in India aren’t safe for women, but she would make sure I get some sleep before practice.”- via Indian Express
His cricketing Journey started with the U-13 and U-15 teams of Rajasthan. But he soon made it back to Delhi, where coach Sinha began to work on his technique.
However, the turning point of his career was the U-19 game against Assam, where he scored a crucial knock of 150 in the second innings. Pant has never looked back since.
After his fantastic performance in Domestic circuit, he was picked up by Delhi Daredevils on 6 February 2016, for ₹1.9 crore. It happened on the same day he scored a century for India in the U-19 World Cup.
He not only became a household name after his brilliant performances in the IPL but improved as a Batsman and a leader too.
In January 2017, he was selected for India’s T20 international squad and made his debut in the third T20I match against England on 1st February 2017 at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
He made his test debut on 18 August 2018 against England. He could not have had a better debut as he became the first Indian to hit a six on the 1st ball he faced in his test debut. Also, on 11th of September 2018, he scored his maiden Test century against England.
Talking about his ODI debut, he was named for India’s ODI squad for the series against the West Indies and made his first appearance on 21st October 2018 against them.
In December 2018, during his first Test series against Australia, he became the first Wicketkeeper for India to take 11 catches in a match, in the same series during the fourth test he became first Wicket keeper to score a century in a Test match in Australia.
If his batting and wicketkeeping was not enough, his conversations with Tim Paine recorded on the Stump mic showed his urgency for the win. It made him an overnight star and a household name.
He was awarded as the “ICC Emerging player of the year 2018” for his performance in 2018. A well-deserved honour!
These achievements and laurels are much less of what is to come. Pant is one of the most promising talents our country possesses right now and will go a long way in his cricketing career if he continues to put in the work.
This story is an epitome of hard work and dedication. All great people go through a journey which is full of difficulties, or I should say roses and thorns. We all can have our share of learnings from it.
(Pic Credits: Rishabh Pant Twitter)