Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scored his third Test ton took three catches and affected two stumpings as India beat England in the fourth and final Test match of the series and qualified for the World Test Championship finals. The Indian spinners took five wickets each in the second innings and 59 wickets in the series as India have finally made it to the WTC final.
Meanwhile, this was a series in which Rishabh Pant’s batting and keeping both flourished. His keeping did visibly improve in the last two Test matches and his batting was just the icing on the cake for Team India.
He spoke at the post-match presentation about his experience of being a part of the series and his overall performance both with the bat and the gloves.
When asked about the work he has put behind improving his keeping, Rishabh Pant said that he did put in the hard yards in the drills and the confidence from his batting transferred to his keeping.
“I think the drills have helped, and my confidence has helped, transferring it from my batting to my keeping” said Pant.
India were 80 for 4 and eventually 146 for 5 when Washington Sundar joined him at the crease in the first innings. Pant also spoke about how he paced his innings. He scored his first fifty in 80-odd balls while his next fifty runs came in just 38 balls.
It Was A Very Important Innings: Rishabh Pant
“This was a very important innings, especially with the team under pressure. We were in a tough situation at 146-6, and there’s nothing better than performing when the team needs you the most. If I get the chance to reverse-flick a fast bowler again, I definitely would” said Rishabh Pant.
Pant is India’s highest run-scorer in the format this year. He has already scored 515 runs in just six Tests this year with one century and three scores of 90 plus.
England, on the other hand, was completely outplayed in this Test match. They finished the championship with 442 points and fourth on the table. Meanwhile, this was India’s 13th straight Test series win at home.