After “Motivational Speech” Goes Viral, Rishabh Pant Asked to Give Ted Talk at G20 Summit


After “Motivational Speech” Goes Viral, Rishabh Pant Asked to Give Ted Talk at G20 Summit

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

Rishabh Pant’s motivational advice to Pat Cummins during India’s opening test match against Australia in Adelaide, has placed him at the centre of a media frenzy. While the Australian batsman was unfortunately unable to follow Pant’s incessant advice that he hit a six, the wicket keeper’s encouragement has ruffled feathers in other quarters.

Sources say that Pant, who helped India cruise through a 121-ball victory today, has now been asked if he would like to deliver a Ted Talk at the next meeting of G20 leaders. The working title of his speech — “Come on Patty” — was announced in the form of a hashtag on various social media sites.  

“It won’t be too long before we hear Pant telling Trump that he’s no match for Putin,” a source in the sports ministry said, before ensuring us that he would allow no beef dishes to be served at the event.

“Kuch toh khaas hai iss bande mein,” said India’s coach Ravi Shastri, who has had the same opinion of the last 350 players he has seen in his career, from Atul Bedade to Munaf Patel. “He the best player we’ve seen in the last 15 years,” Ravi added, not realising Dhoni was hiding in the curtains behind.

The two Australian commentators who got to finish their beers because Pant took over commentary for an over, were full of praise for the wicket keeper. But others in team India were upset by the histrionics.

“How can Pant say there’s no one like Pujara to Cummins’s face? Usko kya. I have to face Cummins with a new ball in Perth next,” said Murali Vijay, who is willing to nurse Prithvi Shaw back to health so that he doesn’t have to play.

Others, like Sunil Gavaskar, didn’t appreciate the technique Pant used to sledge the Australian. “One has to be less than two metres away from the batsman, with their eyes at a 90 degree angle when sledging,” Gavaskar said. “Also it makes sense to check that there aren’t live mics around before sledging next time.”