Rishabh Pant played a brilliant knock for Delhi Daredevils (DD) against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru on Saturday, after he suffered a personal tragedy ahead of the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Before joining his IPL side DD ahead of the tournament, Rishabh’s father Rajendra Pant passed away in sleep following a cardiac arrest. However strong a person is, it is always difficult to recover from such grief. But very people are aware of the fact that it was because of his father which brought Rishabh into this sport.
Pant first made his name by playing some blistering knocks in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, in which India ended as runners-up. Further on, Pant kept on showing promise through his batting in domestic cricket with some big scores, which earned him a place in Indian T20I side against England earlier this year. He also made his IPL debut in previous season and performed impressively. After making debut in T20I for India against England earlier this year, in a video interview with The Quint, Pant revealed that he was not aware of the fact that he was going to debut and got to know from coach Anil Kumble.
The prodigious Pant further revealed his biggest support system and said, “My father always thought that I will become a cricketer and that’s why he has given me opportunity. I started cricket because of him only.”
“I used to take bus in the morning 2 o’ clock from Roorkee to Delhi because practise starts at 8 o’ clock. Not only me, my mother also did a lot of hard work with me,” Pant said after his T20I debut against England in February 2017.