Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has become a familiar name in the World of Cricket just five months into his Test Career. His banter with the Australian captain Tim Paine is being discussed and enjoyed all over.
The “babysitting” Instagram post by Paine’s wife had taken the social media by storm on New Year’s day. He piled up 159 runs today at the SCG, at a strike rate of 84.12 and remained not out as Indian captain Virat Kohli declared India’s innings. Pujara’s 193, followed by Pant’s unbeaten 159 have put India in the driver’s seat in the fourth Test. Given to Pant’s increasing popularity, let’s take a look at some lesser known facts about him:
A Family Person
Everyone loves a down to earth family person. Fans always try to look into the humble side of a star or celebrity. In many comparisons to his predecessor MS Dhoni, Pant is actually similar to MS when it comes to family. The Pant family is often seen to share pictures of each other on social media. Risabh Pant’s sister has taken to social media several times to congratulate her brother’s accomplishments. Rishabh Pant has displayed on social media how his family is his real power pill-“My family is the best team I could ever have”.
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Two most important women's of my life. They always help me in any situation good or bad . Woman's are so understandable & such a lovely personality. So if u can't respect them the problem lies in u not them guys . Always respect women's . & once again happy women's day✌🏻👸🙂
— Sakshi Pant (@SakshiPant7) May 27, 2018
Personal misfortune during IPL 2017
Rishabh Pant was the with the Delhi Daredevils Team when he learned about the death of his father. Just two days before Delhi’s maiden IPL match of that season, Pant suffered a huge loss. He left for his home immediately to be with his family.
First IPL stint and U-19 glory
In the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Rishabh Pant was bought by the Delhi Daredevils franchise for Rs 1.9 crore. On the very same day of his IPL recruitment, he scored a century for India U-19 in the World Cup. Thus guiding India into the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup.
International call-up and youngest T20I debutant
In January 2017 he was named in India’s Twenty20 International squad for their series against England. Rishabh Pant had thus become the youngest debutant for India in T20Is, at the age of 19 years 120 days. Later in that year, Washington Sundar broke the record by making his debut at the age of 18 years 80 days.
Test Cap in 2018
Rishabh Pant earned a Test call-up in July 2018 after it was clear that Wriddhiman Saha was completely unfit due to his shoulder injury. Pant made his Test debut against England in August last year. He immediately caught attention as he became the first batsman for India to get off the mark in Test cricket with a six.