India’s leading sports management company, Professional Management Group (PMG) today announced the signing of 18-year-old cricketer Rishabh Pant -- on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Rishabh, who was seen playing a pivotal role for the India in the recently concluded ICC U-19 World Cup, has been gaining great momentum in his rise and was also bought by IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils following his U-19 successes.

The deal will see PMG manage all of the teenager's endorsements and brand associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, and PR duties.

Melroy Dsouza, COO, PMG said, “Rishabh is an excellent addition to PMG’s team. We believe that he along with Sarfaraz is the future of Indian cricket and we at PMG will offer them all the support required to help them in their transition from junior to senior cricket smoothly. Identifying and signing young talent is a part of PMG’s future strategy and we are very happy that Rishabh has agreed to partner us in our vision."

Pant had recently starred in the semi-final of the U-19 World Cup with a century, guiding India into the final. In the same tournament, he also scored the fastest fifty at the U-19 international level, bringing up the milestone in just 18 balls.

A press release from PMG said:

Apart from his cricketing skills, Rishabh has shown that he has all the ingredients to become a sporting icon with his never say die attitude, confidence and aggression. Over recent times, these attributes have been successfully endorsed by modern India in sport and will be key in shaping Pant’s career.

On associating with PMG, Rishabh said, “I am extremely happy and proud to join the PMG family. With PMG guiding me in my career, I now feel confident of giving my best to fulfill my dream of playing for India.

With the signing of Rishabh Pant, PMG has now completed three recent signings of young Indian batsmen, having signed Prithvi Shaw and Sarfaraz Khan last year. PMG had managed Virender Sehwag in his days in the national team.

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