IPL 2024
Shane Watson Hails The Impossible Comeback Of Rishabh Pant
By CricShots - Apr 6, 2024 6:12 pm
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is not just a platform for thrilling cricket matches but also for inspiring tales of resilience and determination. In the ongoing IPL 2024 season, one such story that stands out is that of India’s wicketkeeper-batter, Rishabh Pant, who made a remarkable comeback after a tumultuous 15-month hiatus. Pant’s journey to this point has been fraught with challenges, particularly a life-threatening accident in December 2022 that left him with severe injuries.

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Rishabh Pant scores another fifty

Enduring multiple surgeries and undergoing extensive rehabilitation, Rishabh Pant fought against all odds to regain his strength and mobility. Now leading the Delhi Capitals under the mentorship of coach Ricky Ponting, Pant’s return to competitive cricket has been nothing short of commendable. Despite the Capitals’ struggles, currently placed at the 9th position on the points table, Pant has shone individually, showcasing his prowess with back-to-back half-centuries and amassing 152 runs from four innings at an impressive strike-rate of 158.33.

In an exclusive interview with News18 CricketNext, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, also a JioCinema expert, expressed admiration for Pant’s resilience. “Rishabh is an incredibly special human being,” Watson remarked, reflecting on Pant’s journey. “There is no question that only a few people would have been able to come back and come back so quickly from such devastating injuries,” he added.

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Having served as an assistant coach with the Delhi Capitals for two seasons, Watson had the opportunity to observe Pant closely, leaving him deeply impressed.

“He is a super driven young man,” Shane Watson observed. “He is desperate to be as good as he possibly can, and there is no surprise for me to see him come back and find his mojo so quickly,” he added, highlighting Pant’s relentless pursuit of excellence.

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Shane Watson

While questions lingered about Rishabh Pant’s ability to rediscover his form immediately upon return, his performances in the initial matches have silenced any doubts. Watson acknowledged that he initially anticipated Pant would take some time to find his rhythm but wasn’t surprised by his swift resurgence.

“Seeing him dominate over the last couple of games, it doesn’t surprise me because anything he does doesn’t surprise me,” Shane Watson remarked, emphasizing Pant’s unwavering determination.

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Reflecting on Pant’s journey, Watson emphasized its inspirational nature. “Rishabh Pant’s story anyway is an inspirational story,” he asserted.  “To come from where he did and the desire and desperation for him to be the best cricketer he possibly could be meant that he was able to represent India and perform for India at such a young age,” Watson concluded, underscoring Pant’s remarkable ascent against all odds.