Incredible! Rishabh Pant won another series for the Indian team in the foreign field. This time ODI series. The young wicket keeper-batsman won the team by 5 wickets from 113 balls for 125 runs. He completed the innings with a total of 16 fours and two sixes. The man of the match award was also given to him. Pant said at the award ceremony that he will remember this innings for the rest of his life.
Rishabh said, “This innings can never be forgotten. I think I will remember this innings till the last day of my life. I was keeping an eye on every ball while batting. To play such an innings to get the team out of pressure is really lucky.” He added, “I dream of playing an innings like this when I go down to bat.”
Rishabh said, he likes to play in England very much. It is difficult to build any innings in this environment. Pant said, “It will be nice to play in such a good environment. I always enjoy playing in England. The more innings like this, the more experience you get. And also confidence.” Pant did not forget to praise the bowlers. In his words, “The way the bowlers have bowled on such a good batting pitch, they certainly deserve praise. They have bowled well in every match of the series.”
Indian team captain Rohit Sharma is also impressed with Pant’s innings. In his words, “It feels great. I came to England to play good cricket. Our team has achieved that.” He added, “We were not able to bat very easily in the middle overs. Pant and Hardik showed that today. It never seemed like they were uncomfortable. The way Hardik came back after the World Cup, it’s really amazing.”
Rohit said that he played a series where the top order batsmen could not do anything. But it was the middle order and the bowlers that won the match. In his words, “It is not possible for the top order batsmen to get runs in every match. It has been proved that the middle order batsmen can also score well in a match.”
Praises from experts and former cricketers
Former cricketers and experts are also impressed by Rishabh’s innings. Irfan Pathan wrote in the media, “Fantastic innings by Pant. Beating England on their home soil is a different kind of fun. Can be seen as one of India’s best ODI wins.” Yuvraj Singh’s tweet, “45 minutes of conversation might have helped. Great innings. That’s how matches should be played. Hardik is awesome too.” Virender Sehwag wrote, “Hardik, Jadeja also helped Panth tremendously.”
Sambaran Banerjee said, “Awesomely beautiful. How else can I explain Rishabh Pant’s batting, I can’t understand. He scored his first century in ODI cricket in a devastating mood. David Willey was bowling well in the white ball series. This match will surely not be forgotten by this England left-arm pacer.”