Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has shared an interesting anecdote involving star India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. He has revealed a 4-year-old chat with the pocket-sized dynamite.
India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant during Gabba Test (AP Image)
- Ajay Jadeja has talked about an incident when Pant was not selected in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy squad
- Ajay Jadeja had asked Pant to come and practice despite not being picked in squad
- Rishabh Pant played an unbeaten match-winning knock of 89 at Gabba on Tuesday
Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has shared an interesting anecdote involving Rishabh Pant, the star India wicketkeeper-batsman, who scored an unbeaten 89 to hand India a thrilling 3-wicket in the final overs of the Gabba Test. The 23-year-old’s powerful and aggressive strokeplay pushed Australia on backfoot as they lost a Test in Brisbane for the first time in 32 years.
Rishabh Pant’s whirlwind knock also helped India register their second consecutive Test series win Down Under. Ajay Jadeja has hailed the ‘Rishabh Pant brand of cricket’ and said that he had the same attitude even 4 years ago when he was not selected in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy squad.
Talking about the incident. Jadeja said that he had asked Pant to come and practice in the nets after his exclusion for the team. Pant’s answer was something which stuck with Jadeja.
“I think that’s the experience I have had with him. Every time there are questions on how he plays and I completely agree with that. He takes risks even in Test match cricket. It was that day in Delhi, he wasn’t picked in the side. I happened to be around him and asked him ‘Why don’t you come to nets tomorrow. You can practice even if you are not picked in the squad’. He said, “Paaji jab jarurat padegi ye ghar se bulaenge (They will call me from my home when they will need me). That has stayed on with me. That was almost 4 year ago, that was before he got picked up for Delhi. In a Ranji Trophy game someone else was picked ahead of him,” Ajay Jadeja told Sony Networks.
The 49-year-old added that the young generation of India cricketers are ruthless and fearless in their approach. According to Jadeja they play as per their wish and not to please someone around them.
“That’s the mindset these young kids have today. They believe if they are good, there is nobody in the world to stop them. They don’t want to play, everybody else wants them to play, they don’t play to please people around them. They play how they wish to play. Pleasing others who are writing, talking about cricket, these kids don’t think about it. They just believe in themselves, they put out their beliefs on one simple thing, ‘I Know what is best for me’. I just love the way this Indian team plays,” Jadjeja added.
Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in three matches to finish as India’s highest run-scorer in the 4-match Test series. On Tuesday, he broke MS Dhoni’s record to become the fastest India wicketkeeper-batsman to score 1.000 Test runs.