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Rishabh Pant Reveals PM Modi’s Heartwarming Call That Eased His Recovery

Rishabh Pant Reveals PM Modi’s Heartwarming Call That Eased His Recovery

Rishabh Pant’s performance in the T20 World Cup stands as evidence of resilience and determination. Initially unsure about his cricketing destiny after a near-death accident that kept him away from the sport for 1.5 years, Pant got back to the Delhi Capitals during the IPL marking the beginning of his amazing comeback. He was chosen as India’s primary wicketkeeper-batsman for the T20 World Cup 2024, Pant seized the opportunity to show off his prowess.

Throughout the tournament, Pant’s effect becomes profound. He scored 171 runs, took 13 catches, and finished a stumping, proving instrumental in India’s victory campaign. His batting contributions, consisting of scoring of 36*, 42, 18, 20, 36, 15, 4, and a duck in the very last match, underscored his capacity to carry out under stress. Notably, he played an important role in the fielding as well, catching Heinrich Klaasen off Hardik Pandya’s bowling in the course of a pivotal stage of the final match.

Reflecting on his journey, Pant mentioned the pivotal role performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose encouragement through a phone call to Pant’s mom all through his recovery period motivated his comeback. Determined to reclaim his spot after lacking great cricket, including the 2023 IPL and the ODI World Cup, Pant’s return to form with Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024 laid the basis for his international comeback.

Pant said: “1.5 years ago, I was going through a very difficult phase. I remember that you called my mother and said everything would be fine, it was then I became a little calm mentally. After that, during recovery, I used to hear from people whether I would ever be able to play cricket or not, wicketkeeping was the main concern as many suggested that I wouldn’t be able to keep the gloves again. So for the last 1.5 years, I was thinking that I should come back to the field and do better than what I was doing. I just wanted to prove myself and play for the country and win matches for the country once again.”

Rishabh Pant played a key role for India in the T20 World Cup

Rishabh Pant skips Team India's training session
Rishabh Pant skips Team India’s training session Image: Cricfit

To which PM Modi also said: “When I talked to your mother, I also had a chat with the doctors and asked them whether he was required to be taken abroad for further treatment. Your mother was really confident of your recovery. During the conversation, it seemed like she was giving me the assurance. That time I knew that a person who is blessed with such a mother will definitely achieve something big. The thing which I liked the most was you accepted that it was your mistake, not anyone else’s. You could have put the blame on anything else. You are an inspiration for everyone and you truly showed us that you won the war.”

In the T20 World Cup final against South Africa, Pant’s contribution was crucial. India scored a total of 176 runs with the likes of Virat Kohli’s 76 with crucial assist from Axar Patel and Shivam Dube. Facing a daunting chase, South Africa seemed determined to venture India’s score, led by Heinrich Klaasen and Quinton de Kock. However, pivotal dismissals by Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs tilted the course of the match in India’s favour.

Pandya’s heroics within the very last over, which covered dismissing off key batsmen David Miller and Kagiso Rabada, secured India’s victory through 7 runs, finishing their 11-12 years drought for an ICC title and securing their first T20 World Cup triumph in 17 years.

Rishabh Pant’s journey from adversity to triumph not only highlights his cricketing prowess but additionally underscores his resilience and capacity to thrive under stress, cementing his area as a key discern in Indian cricket’s resurgence on the worldwide stage.

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