Rishabh Pant has certainly taken a long leap and turned his fate as a cricketer. He took some time to turn things around and faced heavy criticism from the fans for his poor form. But, now he has emerged as one of the biggest positive at least in the longer format for now. Now, Sam Billings, who played alongside Rishabh Pant in IPL for around two seasons said that he was surprised after watching Pant’s batting in the open nets session of Delhi Daredevils now Delhi Capitals.
Rishabh Pant was part of Under-19 India back in 2016 and went on play World Cup. Later on, he was picked by Delhi based franchise as he impressed everyone with his submissive hitting skills. Since then he has amassed 2000 plus runs in just 68 games along with one ton. In Test format, he is in scintillating form with the bat and the southpaw recently smashed a brilliant century in the final Test. Also, Pant played an important role in making his side win by a big margin of an innings and 25 runs.
Sam Billings Went Down The Memory Lane And Share First Memory Of Rishabh Pant
The youngster has reaped lots of praise from every nook and corner. And, the England batsman Sam Billings also revealed the first impression of Rishabh Pant on him. The right-handed player said that he played with the Indian wicketkeeper for almost two seasons while playing for DC. He revealed that in nets he turned to Rahul Dravid the then Delhi’s coach and asked the latter about the youngster, who was smashing top bowlers like Nathan Coulter Nile and Rabada with the utmost ease.
“With Pant, I played with him for 2 years when I was in Delhi. I turned to Rahul Dravid and asked ‘who is this kid?’ He was smacking Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Morris, Rabada everywhere in the open net,” Billings was quoted as saying in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
Sam Billings asserted that he had a great season playing for England and he is trying to maintain consistency. He also looked excited about playing in IPL once again.
“Last year was the best year for me in an England shirt by a mile, because of that consistency. It started against Ireland and I managed to maintain that. That’s the challenge. I’m really excited for the next few months and the opportunities ahead with Delhi at the IPL afterward as well,” he added