Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant revealed how discussions with various members of the Indian team has helped grow as a cricketer. Pant, who recently recovered from COVID-19 and is most likely to keep the wickets in the first Test at Trent Bridge on August 4, the same venue where he made his Test debut in 2018.
"It's been an amazing journey as I have seen lots ups and downs early in my career. As cricketers, you evolve, learn from your mistakes and improve yourself and comeback to the ground and perform well. I am glad that I have learnt from my mistakes and I capitalized whatever opportunity I got after that. I am happy," Pant told BCCI.tv on Saturday.
Pant, who has been made the captain of IPL side Delhi Capitals this year, said he is learning more about the game from the seniors players and coach Ravi Shastri.
"I talk to Rohit bhai a lot -- like talking about the game as what we have done in previous matches and what we could have done. Also what we should look to do and look at possible outcomes in future games. What all I can add to my game. I also take technical inputs from Virat bhai. Especially playing in England, standing up to stumps or going back," the 23-year old said.
"I speak to Ravi bhai (Shastri) a lot as he has played enough cricket all over the world. Ash bhai (Ashwin), when he bowls, he has an idea what the batsman's intentions are. So as a batsman, I can ask the bowler as to what he is thinking. As a player, I want to learn from each and every person."
Pant is in scintillating form this year, having scored two match-winning half-centuries in the historic series win in Australia, followed by two hundreds against England in the home series. The southpaw felt that his processes have helped him in getting the right results.
"I think as a cricketer, I have evolved in the last one year or so, because (even though) you keep doing your processes right, you don't get results but if you have trust your process and keep doing that again and again. I have been trusting my process and I am getting the results and that's the happy part now."
He also recalled the moment he informed his childhood coach Tarak Sinha about his Test debut.
"I was only 19, when I got an opportunity to play Test cricket. My debut was in Nottingham. It was a dream come true as my coach Tarak Sinha sir told me that 'If you are not a Test player, I don't count you as an international player'.
"So when I was picked for the Test match, I called him up and said 'Sir, I have fulfilled your dream'. That was a happy moment and then I got a hundred at Oval," he fondly recollected.
Pant felt that using the crease properly against swing bowlers is key in English conditions.
"In England, you have to keep in mind that ball will swing a lot. I have been standing outside the crease and using crease in and out as well. Especially in these sort of conditions, you have to respect the bowlers a bit more than you do in other places. That's what I am looking to do as batsman in Test matches," he said.