World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh Pant

first_img Vikrant Gupta New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:59 IST Rishabh Pant was not named in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (Reuters Photo)Rishabh Pant, only 21, is trying his best to handle success, spotlight and disappointment at the same time these days. The success of scoring Test hundreds in England and Australia, the spotlight that he is in almost always because of fans and critics and the disappointment of not making it to the India’s World Cup squad. All of it accompanied with the back-breaking schedule of ongoing Indian Premier League.”I was disappointed, obviously. Every player playing for the country dreams of participating in the World Cup. It would have been an entirely different experience,” Pant told AajTak in an exclusive interview, his first after being left out of the Indian World Cup team.The likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hayden and many others were sure that the young wicket-keeper will definitely travel to England this summer. But the five wise men of Indian cricket decided otherwise.”I was disappointed but as a cricketer or a professional, I know that there is nothing I will achieve if I continue to think about it. I try to move on and focus on the matches that I am playing. If you do not think of moving on then things will be more difficult. I look at the positive aspect more. Right now doing well in the remaining games of the IPL is what I am focusing on. My biggest strength is remaining positive, irrespective of any situation,” says Pant.From making his Test debut against England at Robin Hood’s Nottingham to being talked about India’s biggest X-factor in the one-day format, Pant has had a memorable time in international cricket so far.advertisement”I think that getting an opportunity to play Test cricket for my country, even being called a Test player sounds so nice. My coach always used to tell me that he will consider me a complete cricketer only after I play Test cricket. I was really happy to get that opportunity and scoring those centuries in England and Australia.”With fame came criticism, of Rishabh Pant’s inability to finish off games, of getting out repeatedly after playing reckless, many times single-handed, shots.”In T20 cricket, I think of hitting a six off every ball, then a four or stealing three, two or one run. If anyone criticizes me then I urge them to come and help me. Many people come directly to me and I implement their suggestions in my game if need be. As a player, I try to not think much about the problem aspect. As far as the criticism for playing a single-handed shot is concerned, it happens when you try to reach for the ball. At times, you can’t reach the ball with both the hands, not possible every time. It isn’t deliberate.”Having two legends in the Delhi Capitals’ dressing room – Ganguly and Ponting – has helped Pant hugely, especially.”I try to stay focused on my process and improve my game. I focus on improving as a player every day, even if it is just by one per cent. Having the mind at right place means that you do not think much about the expectations. I have to be clear-headed and stick to the game plan. Dada (Ganguly) tells me to play with a clear mind. He tells me not to focus on what people say and keep on improving as a player. That is what I try to implement, remain positive till the end of the match. At times, it becomes difficult as, in the flow of things, you forget to improve yourself. Everyone praises you if you do well. Challenge is to keep improving by keeping rest of the things aside.”This is where learnings from MS Dhoni and India skipper Virat Kohli has come in handy.”I have learnt a lot from both MS Dhoni and Virat. The main thing I would say is discipline. Even till date, Mahi bhai is not late. He follows the same process every day. An international player believes in his process, the things that suit him well. One thing which Virat bhaiya told me and I will never forget is that playing 100 games is not necessary to become an experienced player. Learning from other player’s mistake and not repeating it is equally important. You can get that even from 10 games and there is no need to play 100 games.”Also Read | World Cup selection will be a dream come true: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh PantadvertisementAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow World Cup 2019Follow Cricket World Cup World Cup would have been different experience but I have moved on: Rishabh Pant2019 Cricket World Cup: Rishabh Pant, in an exclusive interview with AajTak, said he has moved on from the disappointment of not being selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added he was now entirely focused on doing well in the 2019 IPL for Delhi Capitals.advertisementlast_img

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