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The importance of Rohit Sharma in Pant’s career



Rishabh Pant has silenced his critics again.

He hit his fifth Test century off just 89 deliveries to lead India’s turnaround in the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham.

In the process, he also broke MS Dhoni’s record for the fastest century by an Indian wicketkeeper-batter.

India were in danger at 98 for five after Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer fell in quick succession.

However, Pant teamed up with Ravindra Jadeja as the two left-handed players helped India cross the 300-run mark.

The two put on a double century stand, helping India reach 338/7 at stumps on Day 1.

While the world is raving about Rishabh, it’s important to understand the roles of men who have always believed in him and supported him, even in bad times.

Namely, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid.

Understanding Pant

In November 2021, a tragedy struck Pant.

This is not something many people know about.

He lost his coach and mentor Tarak Sinha, 70, to cancer.

Sinha was a coaching legend at Delhi’s famous Sonnet Club.

Pant had always depended on Sinha for sports and life advice.

“It was like losing my father all over again,” said Pant.

Devender Sharma, Sinha’s assistant at the club said, “When news of Ustad ji being diagnosed with cancer first came, Rishabh was very disturbed.”

“But Pant is mentally strong—even when his father died, he came back two days after the cremation to play an IPL game and scored runs.”

However, even the strongest people need the support of friends and colleagues.

For an outrageously talented yet erratic cricketer like Rishabh, that support came in the form of unwavering belief in his abilities.

Rohit Sharma’s backing

Rohit has been one of Pant’s biggest backers.

Despite his errors and lack of judgement, Rohit has offered consistent support.

“His batting is his batting,” captain Sharma told reporters following the recent Sri Lanka series.

“There will be times when you smash your head and say ‘Why did he play that shot?’ but again we need to be ready to accept that with him when he bats. He is somebody who can change the game in 40 minutes.”

Rohit understands him well because he probably sees himself in Rishabh.

Former Aussie captain and Delhi Capitals coach, Ricky Ponting has an interesting analysis.

“When Rohit took over at Mumbai, he was quite a young man as well.  “He would have been 23 or 24, similar to what Rishabh is here.”

“I know they are great mates and they talk all the time and they are probably exchanging things about leadership and captaincy along the way. I think there is every opportunity for Rishabh’s journey to be similar to Rohit’s.”

Pant’s intelligence

Former India wicket keeper Kiran More described Pant as a “very smart cricketer”.

“He has a great mind, and his reading of the game and ball-to-ball awareness are sharp,” he said. “He is a lot more shaant (peaceful) while keeping.”

This shows that he is a quick learner.

Pant’s wicket keeping has improved by leaps and bounds.

He has worked hard on match simulations and had vastly improved his footwork and collection of low catches.

Admits Saba Karim, “Pant has been really good at gauging spin,” he said. It shows his confidence behind the stumps.”

“It was just a matter of time before he showcased his skills [as keeper]. He is now a multi-skilled player like Dhoni.”

That’s high praise indeed.

We believe that Pant is a once-in-a-lifetime player and has the potential to be one of India’s greatest players.

Provided the selectors and captain believe in him.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

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Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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