Final practice done, India hungry and ready for Afghan challenge in ICC World Cup

Rishabh Pant in net
Rishabh Pant in net (PC: Debasis Sen)

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The stage is set for an exciting clash between India and Afghanistan later this evening. Both teams have been closely analysing the conditions during their practice sessions at the Kensington Oval, and it will be interesting to see which team brings out their A-game. In the last practice session before the match, only three Indian players attended, with Rishabh Pant being the centre of attention. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh also participated, focusing on their batting at nets.

Pant was seen batting at nets for over 30 minutes, displaying his usual determination and focus. Since he missed the previous practice session, he made up for it with an extended stint, during which he played a variety of innovative shots, showcasing his adaptability and skill. However, the session wasn’t without its challenges. Pant was hit thrice by the throwdown specialist, drawing considerable attention. The first hit was on his toe, followed by a blow to his hand, and finally, a strike on his visor.

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Rishabh Pant with Team Management
Rishabh Pant with Team Management (PC: Debasis Sen)

Visibly shaken, initially, Pant took some time off in the middle and stepped out for a water break, accompanied by coach Rahul Dravid. During this brief break, Pant was seen chatting and discussing strategies with Dravid, perhaps seeking advice or reassurance. Despite the unusual and serious nature of being hit three times, Pant quickly brushed it off and got back into his natural groove. This resilience and determination to bounce back immediately, even after such setbacks, is a testament to Pant’s character and readiness. In any game or practice session, players can be hit by a delivery, but the ability to recover and continue with focus is crucial.

For today’s game, India’s hopes will rest largely on their No.3 batter, Rishabh Pant, to perform well against the spirited Afghan team. After the practice session was over, it was evident that Pant was in a good mood, completely fit, and ready for the Afghan battle.

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