Rishabh Pant turns to mowing to stay active in forced break ahead of England tour

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Rishabh Pant said he is able to keep himself active while being indoors during the forced break after the suspension of IPL 2021. Pant is part of the 20-member India squad picked for England tour.

Rishabh Pant has been staying home in the lead up to England tour (Photo Courtesy: Rishabh Pant Instagram)

Rishabh Pant has been staying home in the lead up to England tour (Photo Courtesy: Rishabh Pant Instagram)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant has taken to mowing amid forced break after IPL suspension
  • Pant is part of the 20-man squad picked for England tour
  • Pant was leading Delhi Capitals before IPL 2021 was suspended

He would have been hitting sixes at will at this time of the year but Rishabh Pant is keeping himself busy by mowing the lawn at his residence. The Delhi Capitals captain and the hot property of Indian cricket, much like his fellow countrymen, has been forced to stay indoors in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19 infections in India.

Rishabh Pant was leading Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League 2021 after taking over from injured Shreyas Iyer for his maiden captaincy stint in the T20 league. Pant’s Delhi were on top of the points table when IPL 2021 had to be suspended due to positive Covid-19 cases in bio-bubbles of multiple franchises. Pant had headed home after the BCCI decided to indefinitely suspend the 14th season on May 4.

As he prepares for the much-anticipated England tour, the India wicketkeeper-batsman has been keeping himself occupied by doing some garden work. Pant said he has been staying indoors in his forced break from competitive cricket and urged his fans and followers to stay indoors and safe as India has been badly hit by Covid-19 pandemic.

“Ye Dil Mange “Mower”! Forced quarantine break but happy to be able to stay active while indoors. Please stay safe everyone,” Pant wrote on social media while sharing a video of his mowing duty.

Pant has been picked as the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the 20-man squad for England tour. India players and support staff are expected to assemble in a city for a week-long quarantine before they head to England. Mandatory Covid-19 tests will be conducted during the quarantine period and reports have emerged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked the players to take care and stay safe during their time at home.

All India players returned home after IPL 2021 was suspended. Sports Today learnt that the board has allowed families to travel with the players for England.

Pant will be key to India’s chances in England as he has emerged into one of the top wicketkeeper-batsmen going around. Pant was instrumental in helping India seal a memorable series win in Australia earlier this year. Pant carried forward his form and went after the England bowling attack during their 3-1 victory at home before IPL.

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