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Home / Cricket / I am just 21, it’s difficult to think like a 30-year-old man: Rishabh Pant

I am just 21, it’s difficult to think like a 30-year-old man: Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant has faced a lot of criticism about the style of his batting and the youngster said in a recent interview that he wants to take all the criticism positively and wants to learn from it.

cricket Updated: May 07, 2019, 18:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi Capitals cricketer Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs.
Delhi Capitals cricketer Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs.(AFP)

Rishabh Pant has been a standout performer in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and the young wicket-keeper is one of the main reasons behind Delhi Capitals booking a spot in the playoffs of the tournament.

Pant has scored 401 runs in 14 matches at an average of 36.45 and also has an impressive strike-rate of 157.87.

However, he has faced a lot of criticism about the style of his batting and the youngster said in a recent interview that he wants to take all the criticism positively and wants to learn from it.

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“I take any criticism positively. Finishing matches is important. I will learn to do it consistently. You only learn from your experiences and mistakes,” Pant told Times of India.

Pant also believes that people should give him some time to make changes to his game as he is just 21, not 30.

“Things don’t change overnight. I am just 21. It’s difficult to think like a 30-year-old man. In due course, my mind will be stronger and there will be a lot of maturity. You need to give it time,” he added.

Pant, who has been India’s first-choice wicket-keeper in Tests was not included in the squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 and instead, Dinesh Karthik was named as MS Dhoni’s deputy in the tournament.

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Experience was not the main criteria which went against Pant, nor was his inability to build an innings and straightaway go for the big shots, which is often the critics favourite getaway when trying to find faults in Pant. It was, in fact the 20-year-old’s keeping skills that let him down and pretty much forced the selectors to go for Karthik.

Making it clear that keeping was the principal parameter while looking for Dhoni’s back-up in India’s World Cup squad, BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said, “In an important game wicket keeping is also important. That’s the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik,” after the brief selection meeting.

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