Kolkata: There couldn’t have been a better icing to the cake for youngster Rishabh Pant. The talented wicket-keeper batsman is having a really good time so far. He was given a maiden call up to the national T20 side for a match against England, was made the captain of Delhi for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and now the 19- year old has signed a deal with sportswear giants, Adidas. Pant would now accompany his Indian teammates Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and youngsters Kuldeep Yadav and Sarfaraz Khan as the Indian cricketers using Adidas sportswear.
A delighted Pant while speaking to The Times Of India said, ” “I feel extremely delighted to join the Adidas family. I have always aspired to wear their products especially as my childhood heroes Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag used to wear them. So to now have this in common with these legends, feels great.”
“I am at the beginning of my career and am sure that Adidas will help me take my game to the next level,” said Pant while elaborating more on the deal.
A promising wicket-keeper batsman, Pant has been one of the finds for Indian cricket in the last year or so. A good form with the bat in the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year, a scintillating triple ton and a 48-ball hundred in the Ranji Trophy, were some milestones in his career. Signed by the Delhi Daredevils for the ninth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pant played many crucial knocks which made people hold him in high esteem and very soon. The youngster was touted as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s successor to the Indian ODI team. Making his T20 debut against England, Pant could only make a 5 ball 9 but his aggressive intentions were well explained. Named as the captain of the Delhi for the Vijay Hazare trophy, there seems to be only an upward movement for young Pant’s career graph.
If there’s a youngster who is knocking hard on the doors of the Indian selectors for a national call up, it is Pant. And this deal with Adidas would do wonders for a talent like him. We wish him all the best for his future!
(With inputs from IANS and The Times Of India)