Rishabh Rajendra Pant is an Indian international cricketer who plays as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Indian cricket team. Having played in all formats for India, he is known for his consistency of scoring runs in Test cricket. Pant plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and captains Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He was the vice-captain of the India Under-19 team for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- Full Name: Rishabh Rajendra Pant
- Birth: 04 October 1997 (age 25)
- Birthplace: Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
- Zodiac sign: Libra
- Father: Rajendra Pant (Died in 2017)
- Mother: Saroj Pant
- Profession: Cricketer (Batsman, Wicket-keeper)
- Height (approx.): 170cm
- Weight (approx.): 65kg
- Chest: 40 inches
- Waist: 30 inches
- Biceps: 14 inches (approx.)
- Eye Colour: Black
- Hair Colour: Black
Rishabh Pant was born on 04 October 1997, in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. He is son of Rajendra Pant and Saroj Pant. In April 2017, Rishabh's father died due to cardiac arrest. At the age of 12, he traveled with his mother to Delhi during the weekends to train with Tarak Sinha at the Sonnet Cricket Academy. He along with his mother stayed at a Gurdwara in Moti Bagh as they did not have suitable accommodation in the city. His trainer Tarak Sinha suggested Pant switch to Rajasthan to play U-13 and U-15 cricket but to no avail.
Pant was instructed by his mentor to overhaul his entire batting technique in the hopes of becoming a better batsman. His career's turning point came when he was playing U-19 cricket for Delhi against Assam, in which had top-scored with 35 in his first innings and then hit 150 in the second innings, which he claims was the most important knock in his career. Pant hit an 18-ball fifty against Nepal, the fastest at this level, on 01 February 2016, during the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He made his first-class debut on 22 October 2015 in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy. He also made his List A debut in November 2015, in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Pant scored 308 runs in an inning, when he was playing against Maharashtra, in the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy and became the third-youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket.
Pant scored the fastest century in the Ranji Trophy, from just 48 balls, in Delhi's match against Jharkhand, on 8 November 2016. Pant was named Delhi's captain for the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy, in February 2017. He took over from Gautam Gambhir, who led Delhi to the final of the previous season. Delhi coach Bhaskar Pillai said it was a "consensus decision" to prepare Pant for the future.
Pant scored the second-fastest century in a Twenty20 match, making 100 from 32 balls, on 14 January 2018, in the 2017–18 Zonal T20 League match between Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
Indian premier league
Delhi Daredevils purchased Pant ahead of the 2016 Indian Premier League and on the same day, he scored a century for India U-19 team in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, guiding them into the semi-finals. Pant made 69 runs off 40 balls, in his third game of the season, to help Delhi secure an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions. In the 2017 season, he scored 97 runs from 43 balls against the same team Gujarat Lions.
Pant scored an unbeaten 128 from 63 balls against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, during the 2018 Indian Premier League, which made it the then highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in IPL history and he also became the second youngest player to score a century in the IPL. Pant was named the captain of the Delhi Capitals for the 2021 Indian Premier League after the regular captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the entire tournament due to an injury, in March 2021. He was retained as captain for the 2022 IPL season as well.
- International Debut: Test-18 August 2018 vs England at Nottingham
- ODI Debut: 21 October 2018 vs West Indies at Guwahati
- T20 Debut: 01 February 2017 vs England at Bengaluru
- Jersey Number: #77 (India) #777 (Domestic)
- Domestic/State Team(s): Delhi, Delhi Daredevils
- Coach/Mentor: Tarak Sinha
- Batting Style: Left-hand bat
- Favorite Shot: Pull Shot
Pant was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against England, in January 2017. He made his debut for India in the third T20I against England at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on 1 February 2017. Pant was the youngest player to debut for India in a T20I match at the age of 19 years 120 days, at that time.
He was named to India's T20I squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, in February 2018. Pant was named in India's Test squad for the series against England, in July 2018 and he made his Test debut against England on 18 August 2018. He became the first batter for India to get off the mark in Test cricket with a six in the series.
Pant scored his maiden Test century, against England, on 11 September 2018, and became the second-youngest wicket-keeper and the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England. In the same month, he was named in India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against the West Indies. He made his ODI debut for India against the West Indies on 21 October 2018.
During the first Test against Australia, Pant took eleven catches, the most by a wicket-keeper for India in a Test match, in December 2018 and in January 2019, during the fourth Test against Australia, Pant became the first wicket-keeper for India to score a century in a Test match in Australia.
Pant was called up to India's squad at the 2019 Cricket World Cup as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan, in June 2019, because Shikhar was suffered a hairline fracture of his left thumb during India's game against Australia. Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Pant as the rising star of the squad.
During the second Test against the West Indies, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper for India to affect fifty dismissals in Test cricket in September 2019. In January 2021, during the fourth Test against Australia, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper for India to reach 1,000 runs in Test cricket.
- In the Under 19 World Cup 2016, in Bangladesh, he was India's 2nd highest run-scorer with 267 runs.
- He scored the fastest half-century (18 balls), in 2016 Under 19 World Cup.
- In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, Pant scored 308 runs against Maharashtra and became the 3rd youngest Indian and 4th overall, to hit a triple century in first-class cricket.
- In November 2016, Pant scored the fastest century (in 48 balls) in the Ranji Trophy, against Jharkhand.
- In 2018, he became the 1st Indian and 6th overall player to take 7 catches on his Test debut as a wicket-keeper.
- In 2018, he became the 1st Indian and 12th overall player to hit a six as the first scoring shot on his Test debut.
- The first-ever Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in England.
- In 2018, he became the 1st Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test.
- On 10 December 2018, on the final day of the first test between India and Australia, he equaled the world record for most catches taken in a Test by taking the 11th catch in the form of Mitchell Starc. Pant matched the record currently held by England's Jack Russell and South Africa's A.B. de Villiers.
2018-Emerging Player of IPL 11, Stylish Player Award
Some More About Rishabh Pant
- Career Turning Point: His performance in the 2016 U19 World Cup on 4 October 1997
- Nationality: Indian
- Hometown: Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
- School: The Indian Public School, Dehradun
- College/University: Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, New Delhi
- Food Habit: Vegetarian
- Hobbies: Listening to Music, Swimming
- Marital Status: Unmarried
- Affair/Girlfriend: Isha Negi
- Sister: Sakshi Pant (Elder)
Favorites of Rishabh Pant
- Cricketer(s): MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist
- Cricket Ground: Lord's in London
- Actor(s): Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan
- Actress: Shraddha Kapoor
- Film: Baghban
- Song: "Helplessly" by Tatiana Manaois
- Football Club: Manchester United FC
- Book: Panchatantra by Vishnu Sharma
- Destination: Australia
- Car Collection: Mercedes-Benz GLC
Salary (approx.): IPL 11-15 crore (as of 2018).
- Rishabh always wanted to be a cricketer and grew up idolizing Australian Wicket-keeper Batsman, Adam Gilchrist.
- At the age of 12, he moved from Roorkee to Delhi for professional coaching in cricket. Initially, he was enrolled at the Sonnet Club, where his childhood coach Tarak Sinha suggested he move to Rajasthan for better opportunities in cricket.
- He represented the Rajasthan at U-14 and U-16 levels. He faced discrimination in the Rajasthan cricket circle for being an outsider and was thrown out of an academy.
- To save his cricketing career, he moved from Rajasthan to Delhi, which proved to be the right move for him; as he played exceptionally well for Delhi at various age-level tournaments, and made his first-class debut for Delhi in 2015.
- When he started playing for the India A team, its coach Rahul Dravid played a big role in grooming his batting skills as he used to spend long hours with Pant to improve his batting.
- In 2016, Delhi Daredevils bought him for 1.9 crores from a base price of 10 lakhs.
- He holds the record for the fastest 50 in the U19 World Cup history (18 balls) in 2016.
- In 2017, his father passed away due to a cardiac arrest, and just two days after cremating his father, he showed exemplary character by making 57 runs for Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match.
- He is known to be a prankster yet an emotional person.
- According to his coach, Tarak Sinha, it was Ashish Nehra who had first discovered his ability to represent India players almost a decade before he represented India.