“He will be ready for the World Cup,” says Kevin Pietersen on Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant

Former England batter, Kevin Pietersen, opined that Rishabh Pant will be ready to represent India in the upcoming T20 World Cup, provided that he continues to get game time throughout the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Pietersen heaped praise on the DC captain’s performance in his side’s thumping victory over GT by 6 wickets on April 17 and explained that he has shown ample examples of his fitness to amp up his chances for the T20 World Cup.

After a near-fatal car accident in December 2022, Pant made a comeback to cricketing action in the current season of IPL. His performance has been nothing short of remarkable, earning him praise from cricketing legends and fans alike.

In the match between DC and Gujarat Titans (GT) on April 17, Pant’s wicketkeeping brilliance and captaincy led DC to a resounding victory. DC’s bowling unit dominated GT’s star-packed batting lineup at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, registering the lowest team total in IPL 2024.

Pant played a crucial role in this victory with his exceptional wicketkeeping skills. He took a sensational catch to dismiss GT’s David Miller, followed by two swift and back-to-back stumpings of Abhinav Manohar and Shahrukh Khan.

Pant’s performance in the match earned him the Player of the Match award. Former England batter, Kevin Pietersen, praised Pant’s performance and opined that if Pant continues to get game time throughout the rest of the IPL 2024, he will be ready to represent India in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Kevin Pietersen on Rishabh Pant’s resurgence

Speaking to Star Sports, Pietersen heaped praise on Pant while explaining how the wicketkeeper-batter is looking poised to feature in the T20 World Cup.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen

“He’s (Pant) doing a pretty good job… I thought his mobility tonight was something that gave him great encouragement. That will give Team India great encouragement. He needs game time, of course, everybody needs game time when they’re coming back from an injury. He’s coming back from a horrific injury, so game time is what he needs and to get himself into a T20 World Cup, to have played 14,15,16,17 games. It’s a big thing leading into a T20 World Cup, so if he does go and they (DC) do play that much cricket, he will be so ready,” Pietersen said.

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