Rishabh Pant’s 97 off 43 balls with six boundaries and nine huge sixes has got the nation talking about this new pin-up boy on the block. His knock helped DD oust Gujarat Lions in a high-scoring encounter at Ferozshah Kotla. The DD win has also bolstered their chance of making the cut to the playoffs. In an interview he spoke about IPL, his dreams and much more.
“If the ball is there to be hit, I will hit it. If a bad ball is bowled, you have to punish it. Rahul Dravid told me to play my normal game without thinking too much,” said the 19-year old southpaw.
“I was not thinking about those three runs. I was only thinking about chasing the target as quickly as possible. It’s like had I been there to chase down the target, I would have got those three runs. And if I would have got those three runs, I would have chased the target,” the teenager said.
“You can see that (that he could play freely). Earlier, I was batting lower down the order and coming in probably in the 15th over. Now, I have time to settle down and play my shots. The pitch was also good with the ball coming onto the bat,” Pant added.
“I don’t rate any of my innings. I play this game for the love of it,” he replied when asked if this was his best knock at the senior level.
“We have decided to take it one match at a time. We don’t want to look too far ahead,” he said.