Young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant finally found his footing in the first ODI encounter against West Indies. In MS Dhoni’s territory, he made the onlookers scream his name and in his territory, he by and by ladle out a reminder about his quality.
When Pant came in to bat, team India had lost three wickets, the pitch was a tricky one and the visitors were bowlin on it. It was here that the youngster put on show his restraint and took his time to quell the state of affairs.
Yes, there was the odd stroke of whim, but it was all very controlled. When he got to his fifty, he looked up towards the sky and murmured a few words to himself, the dressing room was very pleased. Eventually the 22-year-old had a score to pick up the tab for all the criticisms, he perished as he was trying to clear the ropes and was caught in the deep.
“There is nothing like the natural game you have to bat according to the situation or team demand. You can only be good if you bat according to the situation. I want to focus on my process as a player. You have to believe in yourself. I’m only focusing on what I can do whatever team management decides is good for the team,” Pant said.
“Sometimes it is important when crowd support you because as an individual I was thinking of scoring big runs but I was not getting there. I’m not saying I got there but I’m just trying to improve everyday. As a team point of view, whatever I can do to help my team win and to have a good score on the scoreboard that’s what I was focusing and in the end I got some runs,” he added.
Rishabh pant along with Shreyas Iyer created the dire needed stand of 114 runs for the fourth wicket.
“Personally, if I play for India every inning is important for me. As a youngster, I just want to learn and improve myself each and every day of cricket I’m playing,” Pant said.
“When I was batting with Iyer and our motive was to build a partnership and to take the game to 35-40 overs. As long the partnership will last we will capitalise it more in the end,” he added.
Regardless of challenging target, the Caribbean side sailed to victory all thanks to centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope. The two heavyweights will now lock horns in the second ODI match on 18th December at Visakhapatnam.
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