IND vs ENG: Test debut in Nottingham an amazing memory for me – Rishabh Pant

Written by Abhishek Patil

Ahead of the 5-match Test series versus England from August 4, India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has recalled his journey in the format back in 2018.

The 23-year-old made his Test debut in Nottingham and scored 25 runs in the first match. A match later, Rishabh Pant slammed a hundred at The Oval. Talking about his the moment, Pant has said that it was a special knock as it came under pressure and in front of the English crowd.

“I have seen a lot of ups and downs in my early career but it has been a good learning for me because as a cricketer you evolve and you learn from your mistake, improve and come back to the ground and perform well. That’s the only thing every cricketer is trying to do. So I am glad to learn from my mistakes and capitalise on whatever opportunity I got after that.

“It was an amazing experience, especially when I came to the Test set up, I was really young, I was 19 or 20. I debuted in Nottingham. That was a happy moment. Then we played 1 or 2 more matches and then I got a hundred in Oval. Especially in England, it was an amazing experience in front of that crowd, we were under pressure. It was an amazing memory for me,” Rishabh Pant told in a video posted by the BCCI.

Further, the southpaw recalled the moment when he made his Test debut and called his childhood coach Tarak Sinha.

“It was a dream come true as my coach Tarak Sinha Sir, tells me that ‘if you are not a Test player, I don’t count you as an international player’. So when I got the Test cap, I called him and told that I have fulfilled his dream.”

Pant recently contracted Covid-19 during India’s 21-day break after the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He has recovered and joined the rest of Team India squad.

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