It is the mindset which defines you. Win or loss is a part and parcel of the game. One cannot fail until he decides to give up regardless of all the odds. And Rishabh Pant continues to keep going after taking all the criticism in his early 20s. It only reminds me of the famous dialogue from the Rocky Balboa movie series - "It's not about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward".
On the hindsight, Pant did not have much to blame himself for all the criticism he faced. It was the situation he was put into. As soon as the word from the MSK Prasad-led selection panel came out that Pant will be groomed across formats to fill in the big boots of MS Dhoni, cricket fanatics did not leave a chance to blame him for every poor reason.
Now coming to facts: there is no doubt that the Delhi batsman lacks composure, patience and often throws away his wicket in search of big hits. His constant chattering behind the stumps has also often irked the viewers. But that is the mind of a 21-year-old. He has still to learn a lot and has a long way to go.
The IPL 2020 is yet to see Pant scoring a half-century. He has played quick cameos, consistently, which is the reason he is so dangerous in the shortest format but has failed to convert into big scores even on a small ground in Sharjah.
His strike-rate sets him apart and shows how good he is! 160.51 - Pant has the highest strike rate for any Indian batsman in the IPL. He has left behind players like Virender Sehwag (155.44), Hardik Pandya (155.34) and his brother Krunal (145.29) with his powerful hitting.
Pant has struck at 166, 174 and 163 in the previous three seasons of the lucrative tournament. If we consider a 1000 run cut-off for every player that has participated in the IPL, Pant is only behind Andre Russell, who hits at an unbelievable strike rate of 184.92.
A bit of maturity, a few more years, and Pant could well fill in the big boots....
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