Shankar Basu, former India, and present strength and fitness coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), remembered his interaction with Rishabh Pant in the Nidahas Trophy and said he told the young left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman that he is an extraordinary gymnast during an interview with Ranveer Allahbadia on his YouTube channel BeerBiceps.
Rishabh Pant is presently in the West Indies for a five-match T20I series against the team led by Nicholas Pooran. He has decided to rest for the Zimbabwe ODI tour, which will follow the West Indies T20I, and will come back to the squad for the Asia Cup 2022, which is decided to shift to the UAE.
Former India strength, as well as conditioning coach Basu Shankar, discussed the 24-year-old in an interview with a popular face on Social Media, Ranveer Allahbadia, claiming that he is extremely acrobatic and can perform a kip-up, front flip, and backflip.
He has been seen performing front flips and backflips in the workout session in social media videos and clips, displaying his athletic ability.
Pant always keeps the crowd entertained and it was widely assumed that the left-hander had engaged in gymnastic skills to ensure that the fans saw something unique.
“I remember seeing Rishabh in Sri Lanka. He came to the Nidahas Trophy and before in the West Indies. In the Nidahas Trophy, I remember telling him that you know you’re an extraordinary gymnast. Please call your gymnastics coach and thank him for what you are doing now.
He was like ‘What?’ and got flummoxed. He can do a kip-up, front flip, and backflip. You must have seen it on television. And he has the ability to bat at any position and turn the table because of that,”
Basu revealed this to YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadia on his channel BeerBiceps.
I believe Rishabh Pant did a lot of gymnastics during his Younger Years – Shankar Basu
Basu believed Pant did a lot of gymnastics in his early years and advised Sridharan Sriram to keep his son in gymnastics to make sure his athletic growth is good. He went on to say that gymnastics can play a significant role in an athlete’s development.
“I think he has done a lot of gymnastics in his formative years. Same thing with Sridharan Sriram’s son. He wanted to start training. I said ‘Sriram, put him in gymnastics,”
and apparently, he is playing very well now.
“Gymnastics play a major role in the development of an athlete. Not all of them will get the opportunity to do that, but if you are able to from a very young age, nothing like it,”
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