Rishabh Pant is finally part of India’s 15-man World Cup squad. He was close to getting selected in India’s original 15-man squad as well but it was not meant to be for the youngster. But, someone’s pain is someone’s gain. The unfortunate injury to Shikhar Dhawan ruled him out of the World Cup and opened the door for selection of Pant in India’s side.

But what did Pant do after he didn’t make it to India’s original World Cup squad? In a freewheeling chat with Yuzvendra Chahal, he bared it all.

“When I didn’t get selected, I thought may be I didn’t do something right, so I became more positive and focused on how to improve myself. Then I did well in IPL. I kept practising. Everyone has one dream of making India win the World Cup. When I got to know that I have been called to England as a back-up for Shiki bhai (Shikhar Dhawan), my mother was with me, so I told her first. She went straight to the temple,” the 21 years old told Yuzvendra Chahal in a video posted by BCCI.

“It is one dream for all to make India win. When I came to know that I have been called to England as a back-up, my mother was with me. So I told her, she went to temple and paid her offerings.

“As a cricketer, from very young, I always thought of playing in at least one World Cup no matter what and performing for India. And now that I have got the call up, I am very happy,” he added.

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