'Box Office Cricketer': Nasser Hussain Keen To See Rishabh Pant Return To Action In 2024

'Box Office Cricketer': Nasser Hussain Keen To See Rishabh Pant Return To Action In 2024

Former England captain Nasser Hussain expressed his keenness in seeing Rishabh Pant back in action after missing entire 2023.

ANIUpdated: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 01:25 PM IST
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Nasser Hussain and Rishabh Pant. | (Credits: Twitter)

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant will make a successful comeback next year. Pant has been sidelined since a vehicle accident at the end of last year, but the wicketkeeper batter is making a great recovery and is likely to return to the pitch next year.

Hussain has always admired Pant and his aggressive style, and he hopes to see the brilliant 26-year-old back in time to make a difference in 2024.

"That was such a serious accident. The whole world held its breath and it has been a slow recovery. You follow on social media, on my phone and the initial first walking steps to then scenes in the gym and then scenes of him playing a bit of cricket, scenes of him with Ricky (Ponting). I travelled with Ricky in the summer in the Ashes, and Ricky was texting him 'how's the progress coming along', and he is a box office cricketer," Hussain was quoted as saying by ICC.

With Pant out, KL Rahul has stepped up to maintain wickets in his absence and had a fantastic performance at the previous ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, scoring 452 runs at an average of 75.33.

"India have done well without him (Pant) as KL has come in and been brilliant in all formats. They'll continue to be brilliant. They're lucky to have both of them, but Rishabh Pant, before his injury, was box office, and hopefully after his injury, will be box office as well," Hussain noted.

Rishabh Pant to mark his return in IPL 2024:

The Delhi-born cricketer will return in IPL 2024 and will take charge as captain of the Delhi Capitals, succeeding David Warner. The keeper-batter had already led the franchise in the 2nd half of IPL 2021, followed by the full season in 2022.

In 98 IPL matches, the 26-year-old has mustered 987 runs along with 3 half-centuries while maintaining a strike rate of 126.54.

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