How Did Rishabh Pant Make His Comeback in T20 World Cup 2024?

Rishabh Pant was a controversial pick when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced their final shortlist. However, the skilled cricketer has earned his place in India’s squad once more with some impressive performances so far. Fans are beginning to appreciate Pant’s cricket ability once more as he looks set to play vital roles in India’s T20 WC 2024 campaign.

How Rishabh Pant Made His Comeback in T20 World Cup 2024

Rishabh Pant has been out of international cricket for some time, failing to make several squads at important tournaments. Some tournaments missed by the talented cricketer include Asian Games 2023, Asia Cup 2023, IPL 2023, ICC ODI WC 2023 among others.

He has featured in at least two games since his return to international cricket. Let’s explore his performance in each to understand his remarkable comeback:

Rishabh against Bangladesh

Rishabh Pant featured in India’s warm-up match against Bangladesh at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. The seasoned cricketer was off the hook as he smashed three sixes in the power-play versus veteran Shakib Al Hasan.

Rishabh’s first full international since December 2022 was enough to let fans know his fitness claims were not flukes. Many batters for Team India struggled to see off players like Al Hasan; but Pant made it look easy.

Sensational swings from the talented cricketer saw fans cheer throughout the stands. India will be glad to experience his intense shot-creation abilities once more throughout this tournament.

Pant’s form throughout the innings was enough to give him a half-century after thirty-two balls. He opted to retire after that stint but already did enough to return to India’s international fold for major games.  

Rishabh Pant ‘s comeback to the international fold was one for the books as he managed an impressive performance to help secure India’s win. The Men in Blue saw off Ireland in spectacular fashion, even if they didn’t need over 200 runs to register a win.

Rishabh versus Ireland

India faced Ireland on June 5, 2024 and Pant was all smiles as his team delivered an impressive win. Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya combined with Rishabh Pant to secure an eight-wicket trouncing of Ireland. The first game saw India play on a challenging cricket ground, but that didn’t deter Pant and co.

India’s batting coach Vikram Rathore had this to say about Pant’s development since his return to international cricket:

Yes, he has been batting really well. The two games (warm-up against Bangladesh and Ireland WC game) he has played, he has looked really, really good, … at the moment he is our No. 3 and it helps that he is a left-hander,”

The coach also hinted at the team’s preference for Rishabh to feature in the No. 3 role. Fans expect the team’s decision to bring success in this tournament to India after a 17-year wait for another T20 WC trophy.

Why Was Rishabh Pant a Controversial Pick for the T20 World Cup 2024?

Rishabh Pant was an obvious doubt for the cricket world cup due to his lengthy spell out of action. The cricketer experienced a freak accident in late 2022 and was out of competitive cricket for over a year. He missed the whole of IPL 2023 due to injury and had to manage long rehabilitation programs towards recovery.

Rishabh Pant spent over 450 days in recovery, learning to walk again and perform as expected from a top-level cricketer.

Fans were left indifferent when he returned to cricket action at IPL 2024, but many expected other starting players to feature in internationals. The BCCI took note of his IPL 2024 performances where he scored 398 runs in less than a dozen

BCCI’s Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar and other members of the selection committee took a gamble with the seasoned cricketer. It appears their gamble will pay off looking at India’s performances so far at the T20 WC 2024.

India T20 World Cup 2024 Group Schedule

DateMatch DetailsVenue
Jun 05, 2024India vs Ireland, 8th Match, Group ANassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
Jun 09, 2024India vs Pakistan, 19th Match, Group ANassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
Jun 12, 2024United States vs India, 25th Match, Group ANassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
Jun 15, 2024India vs Canada, 33rd Match, Group ACentral Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

India T20 World Cup 2024 Full Squad and Travelling Reserves

Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (v-c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (w-k), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

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