Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, has made tremendous progress in the previous year or two with the national men’s cricket team. He has developed into one of the most significant players on the squad, putting in some solid performances, playing brilliant live cricket.
He is particularly vital as a member of the batting unit, growing with every IPL match into the Indian side and has now become the captain of the Delhi Capitals as well. It is also true that he has not missed a single game in the last year as a result of his role as wicketkeeper and batsman in all three forms.
Since making his return in the Melbourne Test in December, he has appeared in practically all of India’s fixtures, including a season of the Indian Premier League. All of this is happening as you’re travelling from one bubble to the next. Pant was also a part in the T20I series against New Zealand, which is part of India’s ongoing hectic season.
His workload and how he intends to handle it were brought up in conversation with him during a recent encounter. “Although I cannot complain about the workload, I have been excused from the squad’s next two Test matches by the team management. I’m hoping to recover well and perform well in South Africa,” Pant told host network Star Sports ahead of the third Twenty20 International.
Following the T20 World Cup, everyone is considering how we can improve in the following areas and grow as a unit: Rishabh Pant
Following the conclusion of the Twenty20 International series in Kolkata on November 21, the two teams will play a two-match Test series. Pant has been given a break for the series, while Wriddhiman Saha is expected to wear the gloves in both games. Srikar Bharat has also been retained as a back-up option. Following the Test series, India will go to South Africa for a three-match Test series, three One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals.
Pant also talked about the strategies that Team India is putting in place after their dismal performance in the T20 World Cup in UAE. “After the T20 World Cup, everyone is thinking about how we might make improvements in the future. That’s something we have been talking about a lot as a group. We needed to enhance our performance in the middle overs. Some boxes have been checked off. It is going really nicely for us right now. As a child, I had a desire of representing India and winning matches in any scenario. I am willing to do anything the team asks of me at any time. I am delighted to have completed the match,” he said.
Fitness is not something to take lightly, as we have seen it in the past and many players have struggled with such issues
Many players in the past and even now, struggle with issues relating to fitness. These problems cut down their careers and the teams and the management staff has now become more cautious about such issues. With that being said, it becomes really essential to take care of these problems.
If not done at the right age and at the right time, it could cause problems in the long run. This is something that Team India would not want to have, with Rishabh Pant said to be one of the future captaincy candidates. Already mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy is struggling to attain full fitness.
The KKR team management and the BCCI tried to get him fit for the T20 World Cup. Despite that, he was ineffective for the Indian side in that tournament. Keeping that in mind, Team India will not want to repeat any mistakes with their star wicketkeeping-batsman.
A wrong call taken at the wrong time, could really hurt his career in the long run. This is something that they will not want to take a risk with, especially with the form that the player has picked up in recent times and the way he has led the charge in Test cricket at least.
Let’s wait and watch what are the precautions that the BCCI takes to ensure that the player is fit and can keep performing in the days to come. Only time will tell!!