The Indian squad will soon begin its defence of the T20 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. But anticipation for a much greater occasion—the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia—that takes place in the months of October and November after it has already started to grow.
India would be eager to improve after being eliminated in the league stage the past time after suffering losses to Pakistan and New Zealand. With only a few months till the T20 World Cup, top wicket-keeper-bat Rishabh Pant admitted on Wednesday that Team India was starting to feel anxious about the competition.
“Undoubtedly, especially with the World Cup approaching, the entire team is a little anxious, but at the same time, as a team, we love to give it our all and concentrate on our process. Giving 100% as a team and as individuals is all we can do, according to Pant. He continued, “Hopefully we’ll make it to the final and do our best for the team.”
The Men-in-Blue are obviously counting on their sizable base of fans to turn out in great numbers to the pitch to cheer for them as usual when they face off against archrivals Pakistan on October 23 at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground. “As members of the Indian team, we would sincerely appreciate the support of as many Indians as possible. For us, every cheer counts. It gives us hope that we may triumph, says Pant.
Pant has had success with the bat in Australia in the past. Few would forget his blazing, unbeaten 89 that helped India chase down 329 and defeat Australia by three wickets in the final Test at the Gabba, a victory that also helped India win the series 2-1. “So far in my cricket career, it’s one of my favourite moments. I’m happy that I was able to assist my side in winning that crucial Test match and series on that particular day.
Like most Delhi residents, Pant enjoys eating. “I’m a food enthusiast. I adore eating. But because I play cricket most of the time, I have to follow a rigorous diet.