India tour of England: Rishabh Pant’s success mantra, ‘Trust in process & keep doing better’ ahead of Test series: Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is gearing up for the 5 match series against England starting from August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The 23-year old Indian cricketer is giving good signs from Covid recovery and recently spoke of how he evolved better as a player in the past one year.
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“I have evolved a lot as a player in the last one year because you keep doing your processes while sometimes you don’t get the result. But you have to trust your process and keep doing the same thing again and again. I have been trusting the process and have been getting the results. So I am happy now,” told Pant in a recent interaction in the BCCI tv.
Recalling his foray into Test cricket, Pant told how his coach was elated to see him featuring in the white Indian jersey.
“It was an amazing experience, especially when I came to the Test setup. I was really young, was 19-20 at that time when I got the opportunity to play for the Test team. I debuted in Nottingham. It was like a dream come true for me because my coach Tarak Sinah sir always tells me that if you are not a Test player, I don’t count you as an International player. So when I knew that I am gonna play the Test match, I called him and told him that “Sir, I have made your dream come true” That was a happy moment.”
In the clip, the left-handed batsman furthered how he then went onto play some more matches soon after which he got a hundred at Oval. “Then I got a hundred in Oval. Especially in England, it was an amazing experience in front of that crowd. We were under pressure. It was an amazing memory for me.”
Talking of the preparations for the upcoming series against England, Pant mentioned how he is seeking inputs from senior players and staff.
“I talk to Rohit Bhai a lot. I like talking about the game like what we could have done in the previous matches, in future, if the same situation happens, what are the other possible outcomes we can do. I consult Virat bhaiya for the technical nitty-gritty, especially playing in England, where to take the stance. Ravi Bhai, I spoke to him a lot because he has played enough cricket all over the world. Ash Bhai, when he bowls, he has an idea of what the batsman will do. So as a batsman I can ask the bowler what he is thinking. As a player, I just want to learn from each and every person.”
Well knowing of the condition on England soil, Pant added, “As a cricketer when you play around the world, you have to keep something in mind. When you come to England, you know the ball is gonna swing a lot. So, yes I have been standing outside the crease a little bit, using the crease in and out well. “
“Especially in these kinds of conditions, you gotta respect the bowlers slightly more than you do in other places. That’s what I am looking forward to doing during the Test matches.”
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