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ICC trolls Rishabh Pant after naming him Emerging Player of the Year

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The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC's voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 22, 2019 19:53 IST
ICC trolls Rishabh Pant after naming him Emerging Player of the Year
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ICC trolls Rishabh Pant after naming him Emerging Player of the Year

Rishabh Pant's wonder show in Australian tour just got more special after the youngster was named the Emerging Player of the year award by International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday.

Pant had an extraordinary show with bat and gloves in the Test series. However, the series against Australia will also be remembered for Pant's on-field verbal volleys with Aussie skipper Tim Paine, who called the 21-year old a 'babysitter'.

Now, the ICC also trolled him with the babysitter tag after naming him the Emerging Player of 2018.

ICC took to Twitter and posted, "Champion babysitter and champion cricketer. @RishabPant777 is the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018! #ICCAwards

The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC's voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.

He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.

Pant is one of the only three Indian cricketers to be named in the ICC Test team of the Year, led by Virat Kohli. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the third Indian to feature in the famed XI.

The 21-year-old was also hailed by former India skipper and current India A coach Rahul Dravid, who said the southpaw possesses the "temperament and skill" to bat differently.

"He is obviously a very talented player. He showed in three or four innings that he was willing to bat differently. We all know the way he bats. Even in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season when he got over 900 runs his strike rate was 100 plus and we have seen him bat similarly in the IPL as well," Dravid said.

"He showed that he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red-ball cricket is required," he added.

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