Rishabh Pant, the 19 year old find of India has gone through all the highs and lows of a cricketing career. He is a promising talent from Delhi, Pant came into reckoning after his exploits for India Under-19 in the 2016 World Cup.
A dashing left-handed wicket-keeper batsman, he lit up the tournament with a blitzing 24-ball 75, the fastest half-century of the tournament, against Nepal and followed it up with a century against Namibia. India lost the title round – but came back with several positives – nothing bigger than the emergence of Pant.
He has style of aggressive batting, which reminds us of Viru of yore! He does not think twice before punishing a bowler. The bowlers’ reputation will be at risk if Pant decides to go after him same thing he did in this year’s IPL match against the SRH team.
His innings of 125 against SRH was one for the ages. The manner in which he took world-class Bhuvneshwar apart was a testimony to his grand stature as a T20 batsman. Hi destroyed the figures of Basil Thampi !!He is not a useless bowler. Pant hit 20 runs in his first four balls. He hit a total of 26 runs. Thampi did not know where to look!
Dinesh Kartik was a successful keeper batsman similar to Kirmani. He was injured and there was an opportunity for the emerging Wicket keeper Batsman who went on becoming a sensation and a successful Indian captain winning the second world cup for India in 2011. Also won the t20 world cup. In 2005 it was that Dinesh Kartik lost his position to Dhoni in 2005
Dhoni hit 183 not out against Sri Lanka in the third one day at Jaipur. 2005. With Pakistan in the
2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of India at Visakhapatnam, Apr 5 2005Dhoni hit 142 not out 148 in 123 balls 15 fours 4 sixes
Similarly Rishabh pant is making noise.Pant’s heroics didn’t go unnoticed, and days after his Nepal stunner, he was drafted in by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL auctions. He gained a permanent place in Delhi’s domestic circuit and by the end of the season was even named as their captain, albeit for the one-day format of the game. In between, he made his full India debut, against England in a Twenty20 international in Bengaluru.
His career so far is an epitome of the Indian Premier League’s timeline ‘where talent meets opportunity.’
Rishabh was picked up by Delhi Daredevils at a whopping price of 1.9 Crores in the 2016 auction. His first season didn’t pan out the way Rishabh would have liked but he definitely vindicated the owners trust in 2017.
A breakthrough season and Rishabh Pant had well and truly arrived. Going into the second season of the IPL, his confidence was sky-high and there were talks of an imminent India cap for the 2017 Champions Trophy.
The selectors though Kartik has no chance to another world cup. They left out Rishabh pant. But. He could have been accommodated as a batsman. His keeping skills need not have been used. Because seldom Dhoni has sat out due to injury. He manages his health very well. Unless until, of course, God forbid, an untimely injury!
But, leaving behind Rishabh, Indian selectors have made a huge mistake. He could have come against the fiery fast bowlers of the world, as he is not scared to face them. He is very good in Chasing. He could have got Baptism of Fire and would have learnt a lot. He world have got rich with experience on the bouncy wickets.
He is our future Dhoni in terms of hard hitting batsman, an able finisher and a purposeful wicket keeper! India will come to know of his utility in the forthcoming matches.
Sad, the selectors learn the hard way!!