Rishabh Pant’s 89 scripted a memorable win for Team India against Australia at The Gabba. This was the first time the Aussies were beaten at the venue after 31 years and Pant played his best Test innings till date to make it possible. He then returned back to India will all glee along with his other members of the team. He ended as India’s highest-run getter of the series with 274 runs from three games.
Coming back to India he spoke to Times of India recalling his memories from the series win. He said that losing for him was not an option as he played for the win on the final day. He said that the mindset was always to go for the win.
Losing Is Not An Option For Me: Rishabh Pant
“Losing is not an option, but winning is always the better option. The mindset was that I had to win the series for my team, then this tour would be truly memorable. At the end of the day, it’s all about winning matches for India. Nothing matches the high it gives you” said Pant.
The Indian wicket-keeper batsman further said that in Sydney too during his knock of 97 he was trying to play for the win and had he batted a bit longer he would have won the match for Team India.
“Even when I got out for 97 on the last day in Sydney, I thought I could have won the match had I batted longer. It didn’t matter that I had to take two injections and sedatives before batting. I was in a zone and didn’t want to throw away opportunities. So I ensured I was there at the end in Brisbane,” Pant added.
Rishabh Pant further spoke on his preparations for the upcoming series against England. Both he and Wriddhiman Saha have been picked for the first two Tests to be played in Chennai.
He said that he is hungry for runs and ready to cash in on every opportunity that comes his way.
I am improving and putting a lot of work into all aspects of my cricket. I am just hungry to cash in on whatever opportunity I get. Even if you don’t get much time to work on your skills in between series, you try to be there mentally and be in a good space, keep working on your fitness” concluded Pant.