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Rishabh Pant will never forget his innings here at Old Trafford

Rishabh Pant, who was named the Man-of-the-Match for his sublime 113-ball 125, gifted his champagne bottle to former India coach Ravi Shastri.

Rishabh Pant will never forget his innings here at Old Trafford
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India was revived by their first ODI century, which also enabled them to race to the goal in record time. He said he will always remember that inning. We outsiders will never forget that inning. Rishabh Pant’s first ODI century helped the visitors reach the mark in a record amount of time while also saving India after their top order collapsed.

Everyone who was present at Old Trafford described it as a very exceptional inning. An important maturity inning. Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, Jos Buttler, the all-rounder for England, and Hardik Pandya, who combined with Pant for a fifth-wicket partnership of 133 runs, all offered their congratulations. Most importantly, even Pant acknowledged that the effort was memorable.

At the post-game presentation, Pant said to Sky Sports, “Hopefully, I’ll remember this for the rest of my life. However, while I was in, I wasn’t thinking about anything; instead, I was just trying to concentrate on one ball at a time, which is beneficial for our squad.

India was 21 for 2 when Sharma was struck by a pitch in the fifth over. That quickly changed to 38 for 3 as Virat Kohli’s recent slump in form continued. And after Suryakumar Yadav left the field after scoring 72 for 4, Pant and Pandya were left with the task of leading India to victory.

Rishabh Pant will never forget his innings here at Old Trafford
Photo credit: BCCI

Pant was placed in the middle for the second time in three days, this time with the difficult task of sparking India’s fightback following a top-order collapse. On Wednesday at Lord’s, Pant was stunned when his clumsy response to a full toss was spooned right to the fielder at mid-on. Pant, who walked back with his head hung low, was a duck.

Pant and Pandya batted with purpose, and runs flowed, avoiding a repetition of Lord’s, where India lost by 100 runs chasing a target of 246. Pant maintained the momentum even after Pandya exited and the aim was still more than 50. He also didn’t allow the possibility of reaching his first century to disturb the flow.

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He uncorked the Pant to which we are more accustomed: ransacking runs after he had passed the marker. Pant smacked David Willey for five consecutive fours in a 21-run over with 24 runs needed from the final nine overs before completing the run chase with a reverse-swept four. He would then calmly remove his helmet, raising his right hand, give the Indian dressing room a thumbs-up, and smile triumphantly.

Actually, that is something I’ve always aimed for when my team is under pressure and I bat like that. To perform well under pressure. I hope I performed well today and assisted my squad in crossing the finish line “stated Pant.

When asked what made Pant unique, Buttler identified the attacking mentality. At the post-game press conference, the England captain praised Rishabh as a “really fearless player.” “Most likely, his unique thinking is what makes him stand out. It appears that he has excellent support to play how he wishes.

Rishabh Pant will never forget his innings here at Old Trafford
Photo credit: BCCI

Only 16 of the 130 ODI games in which a side fell three down for less than 50 runs when chasing targets between 250 and 270 have resulted in a victory for the chasing team. And in this game, no team has won with as many extra balls as India. One advantage India will take from the 2-1 series victory, according to Rohit, was the success of Pant and Pandya in the middle order.

Today we got to see that too, especially from Hardik and Rishabh, who hasn’t batted in the middle overs in a long time,” Rohit added during the presentation. “I’m very happy with the two of them. They used the bat really precisely. They were never in a panic or attempting to change course at any time. They simply continued supporting themselves and played cricket shots the entire time.

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Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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