With the number of infections coming down significantly in the last few months, the BCCI has decided to ease the restrictions on players as well. Reacting to the development, a relieved Pant told the SG Cricket Podcast, “Getting out of the bio-bubble is really very satisfying. And hopefully, there are no more bio-bubble things, so I’m enjoying the time out now, we have gone through so much.”
The 24-year-old admitted without any qualms that the bio-bubble was affecting the players mentally. He added, “When you keep on playing throughout the year, especially with the kind of pressure it is important to relax your mind. If you can’t refresh your mind, you won’t be giving your hundred percent. We need to keep working on our mind and keep refreshing.”
During the interaction, the aggressive left-handed batter revealed that he always wanted to be a wicket-keeper. He elaborated, “I always try to give my hundred percent whenever I come on field but I was always a wicket-keeper-batsman. Because as a kid I started keeping, as my father was also a wicket-keeper. That’s how I started doing wicketkeeping.”
In Jasprit Bumrah’s absence, Pant has been named vice-captain to KL Rahul for the five-match T20I series against the Proteas. He had a disappointing IPL 2022 campaign while captaining the Delhi Capitals (DC). Pant scored 340 runs in 14 matches without a half-century to show for his efforts
Indian have rested regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami for the home series against South Africa. The five T20Is will be played in Delhi (June 9), Cuttack (June 12), Visakhapatnam (June 14), Rajkot (June 17) and Bengaluru (June 19).
Team India T20I squad for South Africa series: KL Rahul (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk and vc), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik
–By A Cricket Correspondent