“They had a presumption where our flight is strong, we had faith that the sky is also less ahead. As soon as Rishabh Pant hit a boundary towards mid-off at the Gabba ground in Brisbane in January 2021, these words came out of the mouth of former Indian cricketer and famous Hindi commentator Vivek Razdan on the TV screen. These words became immortal with that historic victory of Indian cricket. Even after this, some such innings came out of Rishabh Pant’s bat, on which this line fits. One such innings was seen in Manchester on Sunday, July 17 in the deciding ODI against England (India vs England), where Pant, in the style of the Brisbane Test, led the team to victory by playing a brilliant innings.
In this Manchester win, Pant not only took the team to success, but himself also scored a brilliant century (125 not out), which is the first century of his ODI career. The special thing about Pant’s innings was his sensible batting and a tremendous partnership of 133 runs with Hardik Pandya, which took India to victory after recovering from the situation of 4 wickets for 72 runs.
One fund – don’t run too much mind
Everyone is trying to understand and explain this innings of Pant and the partnership with Hardik by analyzing it in their own way. But Pant himself has told such a thing about his partnership with Hardik, which shows how clear-minded both were playing. After India’s win, BCCI posted a video, in which Pant talks about it. They said,
The only thing that happened to Hardik was that he would not do anything forcibly. The England team wanted us to play some wrong shots. We were talking about playing shots according to the ball. Don’t run your brain too much.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 18, 2022
Captain also happy with both
Pant’s saying that ‘the mind does not run and only plays shots according to the ball, this is also a strategy prepared by running the mind. Obviously, team captain Rohit Sharma was also happy with his thinking, understanding and then being able to get him on the field. He said, the series was at stake and the kind of innings played by Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant was really amazing. Glad to see his batting.
Rohit’s captaincy is also highly appreciated
It is also important to talk about captain Rohit’s leadership, which was especially highlighted by coach Rahul Dravid and Hardik Pandya. Dravid said, tremendous credit to the entire team and captain Rohit for this victory. He (Rohit) used some great strategies, which helped us succeed.
At the same time, Hardik said, today was that day, whatever I tried, it turned into success. Rohit Sharma also used me well. Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was excellent.
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