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Brisbane Test: Everyday I think of winning matches for India – Rishabh Pant after 2-1 series in Australia

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who scored an unbeaten 89 to help India chase down a 328-run target in Gabba Test, has said that he thinks about winning matches for India everyday.

Rishabh Pant with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in his hand (AP Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant smashed 89 unbeaten runs off 138 balls to help India win the series 2-1
  • The 23-year-old finished the match with a boundary of Hazlewood
  • “This is one of the biggest moments of my life now: Rishabh Pant

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is the man of the moment. Yes, he has done the impossible and helped India chase down a 328-run target on Day 5 of the tricky Gabba surface. His courageous knock has helped India win another Test series Down Under. The pocket-sized dynamite has made India’s 2018-19 triumph a thing of past now.

Whole of India is thrilled by the efforts of Team India. Rishabh Pant himself has called the moment, one of the biggest in his life now.

Rishabh Pant made a mockery out of the 328-run target on the final day of the Test and smashed an unbeaten 89 off 138 to help India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Coming into the Test match, the series was levelled at 1-1. Also, Australia had not lost in Brisbane, where the final Test was played, since 1988 but Rishabh Pant and India broke the proud streak of the hosts.

The 23-year-old did not get the opportunity to play in the series opener Pink-ball Test but ended up as the highest run-scorer for India in the series with 274 runs. After finishing the match with a boundary off Josh Hazlewood, Pant said that team management rate him as a matchwinner and each day of his life passes on with the thought of winning matches for India.

“This is one of the biggest moments of my life now, and I’m happy that all the support staff and all my teammates supported me even when I wasn’t playing,” he says. “It’s been a dream series. The team management always backs me and tells me, you are a match-winner and you have to go win the match for the team. I keep thinking every day that I want to win matches for India, and I did it today. It was a fifth-day pitch and the ball was turning a bit. I thought I have to be disciplined with my shot selection,” Pant said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Notably, Pant had played a blinder of a knock in in Sydney Test as well. With India needing 407 runs in the final innings, Pant had scored 97 off 118, giving India a chance to go for the win. However, visitors changed plans and settled for a draw after his departure.

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