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Personal information

Full name Rishabh Rajendra Pant
Born 4 October 1997 (age 24)
Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
Batting Left-handed
Role Wicket-keeper-Batsman

International information

National side India (2017–present)
Test debut 18 August 2018 v England
Last Test 2 September 2021 v England
ODI debut 21 October 2018 v West Indies
Last ODI 28 March 2021 v England
T20I debut 1 February 2017 v England
Last T20I 21 November 2021 v New Zealand
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Rishabh Rajendra Pant (born 4 October 1997) is an Indian cricketer who plays as a middle order wicket-keeper batsman for India, Delhi, and the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. In December 2015, he was named in India’s squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. On 1 February 2016, during the tournament, Pant hit an 18-ball fifty, the fastest at this level

He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for India in January 2017, his Test debut in August 2018, and his One Day International (ODI) debut in October 2018. In January 2019, Pant was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year at the 2018 ICC Awards.In February 2021, Pant was named the Men’s Player of the Month in the first edition of the ICC Player of the Month Awards.


Early life

Rishabh Pant was born in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India to Rajendra Pant and Saroj Pant. At the age of 12, Pant would travel with his mother to Delhi during the weekends to get trained under Tarak Sinha at the Sonnet Cricket Academy. He and his mother stayed at a Gurdwara in Moti Bagh locality as they did not have a place to stay in the city. Sinha suggested Pant to switch to Rajasthan to play U-13 and U-15 cricket but to no avail. Pant was told by his mentor to overhaul his entire batting technique which based on Hand-eye co-ordination to become a better batsman.His turning point came when he was playing U-19 cricket for Delhi against Assam. Pant had top-scored with 35 but was severely reprimanded by the coach for giving his wicket away at a hat-trick. He then hit 150 in the second innings which he claims was the most important knock in his career.


Domestic career

Rishabh Pant made his first-class debut on 22 October 2015 in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy and his List A debut on 23 December 2015 in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, while playing a match against Maharashtra, Pant scored 308 runs in an innings, becoming the third-youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket.

On 8 November 2016, Pant scored the fastest century in the Ranji Trophy, from just 48 balls, in Delhi’s match against Jharkhand.

In February 2017, Pant was named Delhi’s captain for the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He took over from Gautam Gambhir, who led Delhi to the final of the previous season. Delhi coach Bhaskar Pillai said it was a “consensus decision” to blood Pant for the future.

On 14 January 2018, in the 2017–18 Zonal T20 League fixture between Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, Pant scored the second-fastest century in a Twenty20 match, making 100 from 32 balls.


Indian Premier League

On 6 February 2016, Pant was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore. On the same day, he scored a century for India U-19 in the World Cup, guiding India into the semi-finals.

Pant was bought by the Delhi Daredevils In the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. Playing only his third game of his IPL season, Pant made 69 runs from 40 balls to help Delhi to an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions. He made his maiden IPL half-century off 25 balls. In the 2017 season, he scored 97 runs in 43 balls against the same team in Delhi on 4 May.

In May 2018, during the 2018 Indian Premier League, Pant scored 128 not out from 63 balls against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, making the then highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in IPL history, but later broken by K. L. Rahul who scored 132 runs for Kings XI Punjab. In March 2021, Pant was named as the captain of the Delhi Capitals for the 2021 Indian Premier League.

Pant was named captain of the Delhi Capitals before the starting of IPL 2021 after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. On 10 April 2021, against the Chennai Super Kings, Pant played his first match as the Delhi Capitals captain, Rishabh Pant became 5th youngest captain in Indian Premier League. Pant won his first match as an IPL captain, as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets. Pant has led Delhi Capitals to 4 wins out of their first 6 games in IPL 2021.

Pant became the 2nd youngest to hit a hundred in the IPL after Manish Pandey during his knock. It was Pant’s maiden IPL ton and the 50th century by a batsman in the tournament’s history.


International career

  • Early years (2017-19)

In January 2017, Pant was named in India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against England. He made his debut for India in the third T20I against England at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on 1 February 2017. Pant was the youngest player for India to debut in a T20I match at the age of 19 years 120 days before Washington Sundar who played at the age of 18 years 80 days made his debut in 2017.

In June 2017, Pant was named in India’s squad for a limited overs tour against West Indies. In February 2018, he was named in India’s T20I squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.

In July 2018, Pant was named in India’s Test squad for the series against England. He made his Test debut against England on 18 August 2018. He became the first batsman for India to get off the mark in Test cricket with a six. On 11 September 2018, Pant scored his maiden Test century, against England. He became the second-youngest wicket-keeper and the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England. The following month, he was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against the West Indies. He made his ODI debut for India against the West Indies on 21 October 2018.

In December 2018, during the first Test against Australia, Pant took eleven catches, the most by a wicket-keeper for India in a Test match. In January 2019, during the fourth Test against Australia, Pant became the first wicket-keeper for India to score a century in a Test match in Australia.

In June 2019, Pant was called up to India’s squad at the 2019 Cricket World Cup as cover for Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered a hairline fracture on his left thumb during India’s game against Australia. On 19 June 2019, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Dhawan had been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, with Pant confirmed as his replacement. Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Pant as the rising star of the squad.

In September 2019, during the second Test against the West Indies, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper for India to affect fifty dismissals in Test cricket. In January 2021, during the fourth Test against Australia, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper for India to reach 1,000 runs in Test cricket.

  • The tough phase (2019-20)

The 2019-20 home season was billed as an important season for Rishabh Pant. MS Dhoni had announced a hiatus from international cricket and India went into the season in search of a new wicket-keeping mainstay with Pant as one of the front-runners. However, ordinary performances from the left-hander, and emergence of KL Rahul as wicket-keeping option meant that Pant slipped down the pecking order.

A dismal show in the 2020 IPL season didn’t help either. Pant, who had scored a cumulative 1172 runs with a strike rate of 168 in last two seasons, only managed to amass 343 runs with a strike rate of 113. His only fifty came in the finals, that too in a losing cause.Pant was consequently dropped from the limited overs team touring Australia in 2020-21. He, however, kept his place in the Test team but did not make it to the playing eleven of the first Test in Adelaide.During this period, Pant was heavily criticized by fans and the media. Disdainful comparisons with Indian Cricket legend MS Dhoni were often brought up. There were instances of the crowd chanting “Dhoni! Dhoni!” when Pant made a mistake on the field.

  • The rise (2021-present)

India were bowled out for 36 in the second innings of the first Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 and hence lost the test by 8 wickets despite getting a healthy first innings lead. The unavailability of Virat Kohli for the rest of the series made India make changes to their line up so as to strengthen the batting. Rishabh Pant was picked ahead of Wriddhiman Saha for the second test in Melbourne.

While Pant scored a valuable 29 in the first innings of the Melbourne Test, it was at Sydney that he played a career changing knock With 97 overs to survive on the last day, things did not start well for India as they lost the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane, who had scored a century in the last test, early in the day. With Jadeja having fractured his arm earlier in the match, India were also a batsman short. Pant had also suffered a minor injury in the match. Yet, he was promoted in the order and came out to bat at 5. He hit 12 fours and 3 sixes in his counter-attacking knock of 97 runs off just 118 balls. His 148-run partnership with Pujara put India in a winning position. The match would ultimately end in a draw rendering the 4th Test in Brisbane to be the final.

Australia had not been defeated at Brisbane in since 1988. India had a bunch of their first choice players – Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma – unavailable due to injury and were the underdogs going into the match. Rishabh Pant put in a match winning performance on day 5 as India chased down a big target of 328 in the 4th innings. Pant scored an unbeaten 89 with 9 fours and a six and also hit the winning runs. He was awarded the ‘Player of the match’ award too.In July 2021, prior to warm-up matches for the Test series against England, Pant tested positive for COVID-19. He did not travel with the Indian squad to Durham, with Pant remaining in quarantine. In September 2021, Pant was named in India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

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