Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has given credit to his stint in England with the India A side for his excellent glovework in his debut Test at Trent Bridge.
The United Kingdom has been one of the toughest places for wicketkeepers over the years because of the exaggerated swing movement that takes place there.
Thankfully, Pant, who played the three unofficial Tests that India A played prior to the start of the ongoing Test series, was able to adjust to the tough conditions that he came across in Nottingham.
"Keeping in England is always difficult because the ball wobbles a lot behind the wicket. The thing is that I have been playing India-A cricket since last two-and-a-half months in England, so it has been helpful for me," said Pant and added, "I am practicing in the nets on how to deal with that and it is working now,"
While the youngster was very good, one area that he can definitely work on is how to not premeditate the angle with which different bowlers bowl. Pant was seen moving to the leg side even before Jasprit Bumrah got into the delivery stride, owing to which he missed a dropped a catch of Jos Buttler when he was batting on 1. Buttler went on to register his maiden hundred in Test Cricket.
"It is a big challenge, but the thing is that when Bumrah bowls, he bowls with a different angle. So, sometimes we react to it. That day I reacted too much on that ball and the edge came off. I'm not saying that it was not too difficult a catch; I could have pulled it off,"
"As a keeper, you have to wait for the outside edge. That is the only thing I can do, and that is what I have learnt after that thing. I am going to wait for the outside edge. That is the only solution." Pant said.
Rishabh further talked about his first runs in Test Cricket, which he brought with a six over long-on against Adil Rashid and said, "I was nervous. Everyone is nervous when they play their first match. When I see the ball I don't think too much, just see the ball and react to it. That is what happened. I was just playing normal cricket - that is all,"
Rishabh also feels he is reaping the rewards of putting in learnings from his childhood coach Tarak Sinha into his game and the experience gained captaining Delhi Ranji side last year, the Indian Premier League as well as playing for a long time under the guidance of Rahul Dravid for the U-19 and A sides.
"It helps a lot as captain because you have to take the responsibility for the team as well, playing IPL also helps you a lot. Everyone in the team supports you and you perform, then it builds your confidence. Then you watch players who are around you, and learn. All these factors have been very helpful (in my career growth)," Pant said and added, "It has been a really good experience because starting from zero is not easy. But I started from zero. There is struggle in everyone's life, but you realise that if you work hard with dedication in anything, you will definitely achieve the goal."
"I'm very thankful to Rahul Dravid sir, and also my coach, who has seen me from my childhood Tarak Sinha. He has helped me at every point in my life. For my technique, everything, the credit goes to Tarak Sinha sir."
(Inputs from PTI)