Important to get good start in home series: Pant – Times of India

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KOLKATA: India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant looks forward to the upcoming long ‘home’ series after a successful away series victory against West Indies.

“It was great for our team to maintain a clean slate against West Indies. We played really well as a team,” Pant said on the sidelines of a promotional event in the city on Wednesday.

“We’ll be playing at home for the next six months,” he said. “So it’s really important that we get off to a good start,” he added looking ahead to the series against South Africa which begins with a Twenty20 match at Dharamsala on Sunday.

He stated the team will work on its plans to slew the Proteas once the players join together after enjoying a short break. “We will chalk out the details once we re-assemble in New Delhi. We will have the home advantage and will look to take maximum benefit of that. Our mindset is good and we all will look to do well,” he said.

The national selectors have already identified Pant as the primary wicketkeeper across all the formats. But that is not adding any extra pressure on the youngsters’ shoulders. Only recently he had thundered that he has worked hard to earn his India cap. “I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me,” he had said.

Pant is ready to go the distance but by taking baby steps. Talking about his own preparation, the Delhi player said “I am not thinking too far ahead. Rather I prefer to take it match by match. I just want to keep improving and help Team India win more matches,” he concluded.

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