new Delhi: Team India’s wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who had shutting critics by batting brilliantly in Australia, had isolated himself from the outside world before this tour but he was ‘feeling the pressure every day’.
It is historic to beat Australia at his home and against that team, Rishabh Pant played an important role in helping India win the four-match series 2-1 by batting brilliantly in the Sydney and Brisbane Tests. On his 97 in the fourth innings in Sydney, India were able to draw the Test, while on the last day of the fourth Test, they scored an unbeaten 89 to win the game. Even before this Indian cricket had high expectations from him but he failed to fulfill it.
Pant away from social media
Pant (Rishabh Pant) told ‘India Today’, ‘I was feeling pressured every day, this is part of my game. As a person you should trust yourself ‘.
He said, ‘If you are moving forward then it means that you are improving. This is what I have learned in this difficult time. Focus so much on your game that you don’t see anything else. It is difficult to do so many times due to social media but I have separated myself from it.
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The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman said, “When you are doing well people will write well but when it does not happen, then they will criticize you.” It is a part of today’s cricketer’s life. In such a situation, if you ignore criticism and concentrate on your cricket, then I think it is better ‘.
In Brisbane, when the Indian team was chasing a record 328 runs in the fourth innings, Pant batted with the right mix of patience and aggression to lead India to victory. He was the third highest scorer of the series (274 runs in three Tests).
It was important for Pant to win the match
He said that the draw in Brisbane was not an option for him. Pant (Rishabh Pant) said, ‘Our mindset was always to play normal cricket, even the team management talked about it in the first innings. We wanted to score runs, wanted to take advantage of the weak balls and wanted to do whatever possible by standing at the crease there.
He said, ‘The plan of the team management was to win. I was also playing with the idea of winning. I want to win every match, for me draw will always be the second option.
Pant was inspired by tour of England
Pant (Rishabh Pant) said that he is disappointed not to meet expectations in 2019 World Cup in England.
He said, ‘Ups and downs are a part of the game, the World Cup was a big opportunity for me because it comes once in four years. I used to get out after reaching almost 30 runs. I was very disappointed because it was a big opportunity for me. This affected my career and I started focusing on sports because there is always a chance of improvement in life.