“Did Not Come Under Very Good Circumstances…”: Rishabh Pant After Being Named India Captain Post KL Rahul’s Injury

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Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant will lead India in the upcoming five-game T20I series after KL Rahul was ruled out on the eve of the game due to a groin injury. Wednesday’s press conference was delayed by nearly an hour and Rishabh came out to speak to reporters, saying it is a huge honor to lead the country.

“It’s a very good feeling, didn’t come in very good conditions, but at the same time I feel happy. I want to thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity to lead the Indian side. I will try to make the most of it I would like to thank all my benefactors for supporting me on my journey through my thick and thin cricket career.I will try to build a foundation of it and keep improving and making my life better and better every day,” Pant said at a news conference.

“It’s a great feeling, especially to have the opportunity to lead in your own city. I will try to make the best of it. I think it will help me a lot as a captain (leading in the IPL), because if you’re doing the same thing over and over, you improve. I’m someone who keeps learning from his mistakes and I think it will help me in the coming days,” he added.

When asked how the batting order will be affected by Rahul’s injury, Pant said: “I don’t think there would be much change in batting order if KL were open. We don’t have many openers, we’ll talk about it after a while.”

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“I think as a team we have thought about certain goals that we want to achieve as a team. In the end we have the World Cup in mind and we are preparing for that. In the coming days you will see there will be changes and how we play cricket I think,” he added.

When asked if he had Rahul Dravid around, Pant said: “It’s one of the best things to have him around. I worked with him in the U-19 days and after that I worked with him in the Indian team. There’s a lot of experience too, he’s already a legendary cricketer. There’s a lot of lessons from him, there’s just a lot to learn from him.”

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