“The Whole Team Is Slightly Nervous”- Says Rishabh Pant ahead of the T20 World Cup

“With the World Cup around the corner, the whole team is slightly nervous, but at the same time, as a team we love to give our 100% and focus on our process. That’s the only thing we can do…give our 100% as individuals and as a team.”

Rishabh Pant has emerged as a prominent choice in the Indian team over the last recent years. The young wicket-keeper batsman has left a mark in the red ball cricket within numbered appearances. The player is known for his unorthodox shots and the cheerful personality, he emanates from behind the stumps. However, his performance in white ball cricket keeps coming up in the discussions for inconsistency.

With important championships like the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup lined up this year, the Indian side will look to deliver a cup-snatching performance. The T20 World Cup held last year in UAE proved to be a nightmare for India. While facing a bitter defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals Pakistan, team India didn’t surpass the league stages before being knocked out of the league. Now, with the T20 world cup scheduled in October-November, India will have to redeem their worth in world cricket.

Rishabh Pant talks about the upcoming T20 World Cup

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Recently, Rishabh Pant admitted to being nervous about the world championship. “Absolutely, especially with the World Cup around the corner, the whole team is slightly nervous, but at the same time, as a team, we love to give our 100% and focus on our process. That’s the only thing we can do…give our 100% as individuals and as a team,” Pant said. “Hopefully we’ll reach the final and do the best for the team,” he added.

This year’s T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia where India will face Pakistan in the opening match at the coveted Melbourne Cricket Ground. “As (a part of) the Indian team, we’d love to have as many supporters as we can in Australia to back us. Every cheer counts for us. It makes us believe that we can win,” said Pant. “I think it’s an amazing atmosphere, playing at the MCG because it’s one of the most iconic cricket stadiums around the world. So, I would love to play there. Especially the Indian crowd there is brilliant for us,” he added.

The flag bearer of India’s iconic win at Gabba in the Border Gavaskar trophy hailed the moment as his favorite. “It’s one of my favorite moments in my cricketing career so far. I’m glad that I could help my team cross the line that day and have that amazing Test match and series win,” he said. Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 89 in the last match of the series to claim the trophy. Moreover, his knock led team India to finally breach the fortress of Gabba.

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