India’s young cricket prodigy Rishabh Pant has had a great season so far. Making a good name for himself in India’s tour of Australia in December 2018, he has shown great potential so far. The wicketkeeper-batsman is being seen as the potential replacement of veteran MS Dhoni, who could retire after the upcoming cricket world cup. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 ODI: IND, AUS Players to Wear Black Armbands During 1st ODI in Honour of Dean Jones
The task in hand now for the 21-year-old is to fight for a spot in Indian cricket’s flight to England for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Pant could not have asked for better guidance to foster his goal – he is currently being overseen by the duo of Rickey Point (team coach) and Sourav Ganguly (team advisor) at the Delhi Capitals as he prepares for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Also Read - S Sreesanth Returns After Seven-year Ban: Former India Pacer Set To Play In KCA President's Cup T20
If he impresses in this cricket extravaganza, he will surely be in India’s world cup and squad. In a recent interview, Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting both heaped praise on Pant, insisting that he will go on to be an important assest for the Indian cricket team in the years to come. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting also stated that Pant could help the Men in Blue lift the world cup. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly Names India's Two Best Wicketkeeper-Batsmen Currently
“For me, Rishabh Pant is the future. He is a hard worker and he will be a huge asset for the country in the years to come. He is an option at the No. 4 spot for Team India,” said Ganguly.
“Rishabh is the sort of guy that can help you win the World Cup,” said Australian legend Rickey Ponting.
After impressing in the recent cricket outings, Pant also earned himself a ‘Grade A’ contract announced by the BCCI recently which will see him earn a staggering seven crores annually. This is another indication that the wicketkeeper-batsman –who has been rewarded for his hundreds in England and Australia — is ready to take on the mantle from Mahendra Singh Dhoni once he retires from limited overs.