Team India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has resurrected his career with a couple of match-defining knocks in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He played the knock of his life in Brisbane to help chase down their third-highest fourth innings total in history and breach Australia’s fortress ‘Gabbatoir’.
Meanwhile, prior to his Brisbane knock, Rishabh Pant played another crucial knock in Sydney. He battled immense pain and guide India through a difficult period before Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin batted over four hours to steal a draw.
Incidentally, Pant had copped a painful blow on his elbow courtesy of a sharp bumper by Pat Cummins during the first innings. He did not keep wickets for the entirety of the Australian second innings but came out to bat at No.5 on the final day after having taken injections and sedatives. He played a whirlwind knock which completely changed the complexion of the game.
Took sedatives and injections before Sydney knock – Rishabh Pant
After a glorious series, Rishabh Pant has admitted that he took two injections and sedatives before coming out to bat on day 5 in Sydney. Pant also felt that he could have won the game for his team, and the failure to not do so made him more determined to do what he eventually did in Brisbane.
“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,” Rishabh Pant was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant finished as the highest run-scorer for India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His focus will be on the forthcoming four-match series against England which will start from February 5. The southpaw from Delhi will face stiff competition from Wriddhiman Saha, who is way ahead of Pant in terms of wicket-keeping.