Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant on Monday conceded that he had made a few mistakes in the past as a Test batter but he has been learning from them and seeking to improve with every match he plays. Pant won the Player of the Series award as India completed a 2-0 sweep of the Test series against Sri Lanka, winning the pink-ball Test in Bengaluru by 238 runs inside 3 days.
Pant shone with the bat and the gloves as he hit 185 runs in 2 Tests, including 2 fiftties. in the first Test, Pant smashed a quickfire 96 to change the course of the Test while he hit a 28-ball fifty in the 2nd innings of the Pink-ball Test that helped India push their total beyond 300 and set a 447-run target for Sri Lanka.
Pant has been guilty of throwing his wickets away in the past but ever since the tour of Australia last year, the wicketkeeper-batter has exhibited controlled aggression.
The numbers aren’t going to lie as Pant is India’s highest run-getter in Test cricket since the start of 2021. He has managed 1077 runs at an average of 43.08 and hit 2 hundreds and 7 fifties in the said period. Pant has struck them at a staggering rate of 71.89.
“I think both batting and wicketkeeping, you need to keep evolving, I’ve made mistakes in the past and want to keep improving. It’s not in my mindset, the wicket was difficult to play, so I thought I will look for quick runs.
“I’ll do whatever the team management wants me to do,” Pant said when asked about his batting position in Test cricket.
Only on Sunday, vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah spoke about how Pant is understanding his strengths more and more while sticking to his naturally aggressive style of play in Test cricket.
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Pant showcased his improvement with the glovework as well as the young wicketkeeper was up to the task on a difficult pitch in Bengaluru. Pant has come a long way since the time India opted for Wriddhiman Saha on spin-friendly pitches at home.
Pant was involved in 3 stumpings and 2 catches and made sure Inda did not concede extras behind the stumps with his incredibly improved keeping.
“I think it’s more about confidence. I used to think too much about what I might miss. Now I am focusing on my process,” Pant said.