Team India cricketer Rishabh Pant‘s father Rajendra Pant passed away at his home in Roorkee on Wednesday night. He was 53. On learning the news, Rishabh immediately left for his hometown to perform the last rites and be with his family in the hour of grief. The Delhi cricketer, who is a part of the Delhi Daredevils (DD) franchise in the ongoing 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), will reportedly join the squad late on Friday ahead of his team’s first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Bengaluru on Saturday, April 8. Rishabh’s father is survived by his wife Saroj and daughter Sakshi besides Rishabh.
Rishabh’s father was cremated at Kankhal in Haridwar on Thursday. A TOI report quoted Satish Negi, a family friend, as saying, “Rajendra died in his sleep apparently of a heart attack. He was complaining of fatigue for the past few days. He retired to his room on Wednesday but when family members tried to wake him up for the dinner, he did not respond. He was taken to a private clinic which declared him brought dead.”
Rishabh, who was training in Delhi with the Daredevils’ squad for the ongoing season of IPL, reached his home at Ashok Nagar in Roorkee early on Thursday. The young wicketkeeper-batsman had scored four centuries in his first full Ranji Trophy season — including a triple hundred against Maharashtra and a 48-ball ton against Jharkhand. A superb run at the domestic circuit earned him a Team India berth in T20Is against England earlier this year. Rishabh, who will be an integral part of the Daredevils squad, is expected to join the team ahead of its first game on Saturday.