Rishabh Pant – 12 least known facts about the IPL 2018 superstar

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu SharmaBy Shubhanshu Sharma

Published on 18 May 2018 3:51 PM GMT

Rishabh Pant – 12 least known facts about the IPL 2018 superstar
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New Delhi: Rishabh Pant is no more a young talent but has emerged as an established power-hitter as the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has progressed.

He has played some innings for Delhi Daredevils (DD) which will be remembered as long as the cash-rich league exists.

The left-hand batsman has made some of the giants of the sport look like dwarfs with the kind of batting he has exhibited in the tournament. His team, DD, might be the bottom dweller this season but he is proudly standing amongst the highest run-getters in the tournament.

Pant, who was born in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) on October 4, 1997, has scored 582 runs in 12 innings and stands at the third position after Lokesh Rahul (652 runs, 13 innings) and Kane Williamson (625 runs, 13 innings).

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Pant has scored 4 half centuries and a ton and has a staggering strike rate of 179.62 which is the highest among the batsmen with at least 300 runs this season. Mr 360° AB de Villiers has the second highest strike rate at 177.91 and has scored 427 runs in the ongoing season of cash-rich league.

His 128-run inning against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), which is regarded as the best bowling lineup in the season, made him the most threatening batsman in the league. His inning was the highest score by an Indian in the history of the game.

In the way he dealt with Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the death overs was simply exceptional as the bowler is currently at the peak of his career. He hit his yorkers to the boundary line with so much ease that nobody could have imagined.

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When the batsman is touching the impossible-looking milestones at a very young age of 20 years, we wonder people are wishing to know more and more about his life and career. So, here we are with 12 least known facts about the rising superstar of world Cricket, Rishabh Pant:

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Initial days

Rishabh Pant kept juggling between the cities to find a perfect coach for himself. He started to take Cricket training from Roorkee, but soon had to move to Rajasthan, before finally settling in at Delhi.

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His return to Rajasthan

Rishabh joined Sonnet Club in Delhi where his coach Tarak Sinha trained him to become a more mature player. He later advised him to return to Rajasthan for better career opportunities. He moved back to Rajasthan and represented the state at Under-14 and Under-16 level.

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Being called an outsider and bullied in Rajasthan

He had to leave Rajasthan Cricket circle as people were not ready to accept him there. The seniors kept bullying him and finally he was literally thrown out of the academy. It, however, did not diminish his love for the game of Cricket.

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Return to Delhi again

After facing disappointment in Rajasthan, the young lad moved back to Delhi where he completed last two years of his schooling and made his first class debut for Delhi.

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His stint with U-19 Squad

His performances and temperament helped his get a chance to represent the country at the Under-19 level. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and emerged as a standout performer for the country. He smashed three fifties in the tournament at an impressive strike rate.

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Smashed fastest fifty in U-19 World Cup

He grabbed the national attention when he smashed the fastest fifty in ICC U-19 World Cup 2016 off 18 deliveries against Nepal. In that match, he scored 78 runs off only 24 balls.

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IPL proved lucky for the batsman

On the IPL 2018 auction day, Rishabh Pant was bought for a whopping Rs 1.9 crore by Delhi Daredevils (DD). On the same day, he scored a belligerent century against Namibia U-19.

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He also became third youngest batsman to score a triple-century in Ranji Trophy

Pant was murderous against Maharashtra in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season when he scored 308 runs off 326 balls to lead Delhi to a big total. With this inning, he became the third youngest batsman in the history of Ranji Trophy after Wasim Jaffer and Abhinav Mukund.

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Idolises a Legendary Wicket-Keeper Batsman

Rishabh Pant is a huge fan of former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist.

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He also has fastest Ranji hundred to his credit

Rishabh Pant has also scored the fastest hundred in Ranji Trophy history of only 48 deliveries.

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Second highest number of sixes in a single match

When he scored the fastest hundred off 48 balls, he also smashed second highest number of sixes. He had sent the ball out of the park 21 times that day.

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Hard work paid off and he became the youngest player to play for Indian T20I team

Pant also became the youngest Indian cricketer ever to play for India Twenty 20 International team. He marked his debut in February 2017 in a series-deciding match against England in Bengaluru.

Rishabh Pant has played many sensational innings in his cricketing career and was also called the combination of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh by none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

After seeing his recent performances against world class bowlers in IPL, many Cricket experts are seeing in him the future wicket-keeper of team India.

We also wish a flourishing career to the young flamboyant cricketer!

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Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

Writer has 6 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Senior Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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