Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (AFP Photo)

Rishabh Pant has credited his maiden Test century in England last year that helped in turn a leaf as far as his batting is concerned.

Pant, whose first Test runs came via a six, scored 114 in the fifth and final Test at Kennington Oval in a 118-run defeat to England.

“When I got that hundred in England, the confidence rose to a different level,” Pant told PTI. “From there, I started constantly thinking that how can I improve in certain areas. The process of learning that started in England paid off in Australia.”

Pant carried that swagger to Australian shores where he recorded an a record-breaking 159 not out in the Sydney Test. In nine Tests so far, the 21-year-old has 696 runs at an average of 49.71 including two centuries and as many fifties.

Success has come early for the youngster and he knows the importance of learning. “When you make it to the team at a young age, the more you are keen to learn, the better you get at utilising the opportunities that come your way,” he said.

With intense competition and constant scrutiny, Pant says one has to ensure not to let insecurities become overwhelming which can leave negative impact.

“Insecurities will always be there whether you play for India or for your franchise in IPL. But how do you beat those insecurities and perform, defines you as a player. Stakes will always be high for India or Delhi Capitals, so if you let insecurities come in your way, it will be very difficult to focus on the job. One needs that balance to treat every game as same,” Pant said.