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“I Will Remember This Day For The Rest Of My Life,” Rishabh Pant After Leading India To Series Win

Rishabh Pant scored 125 from 113 balls to help India beat England by five wickets in the deciding third ODI of the series

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INDIA: Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday admitted that there are “some solid guys” waiting in the wings, but said his team needs to improve further. Chasing the target of 260 to win the series-deciding third ODI, India reached their target with five wickets in hand and 47 balls to spare. All Applauds for Rishabh Pant’s maiden century in the format and Hardik Pandya’s all-round heroics.

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“We’ve got some solid guys sitting on the bench who’ve been waiting to get a game. Want to create that bench strength (ahead of T20 World Cup).”Injuries are bound to happen, have to manage workload, so need to build bench strength. Have got some solid guys who will get their opportunity in the West Indies,” Rohit said at the post-match ceremony.

He further said, “Very pleased with the series outcome. We came here, wanted to achieve something as a group in white-ball, and we did. Moving forward there are things we need to improve but pleased with the effort.” India thus won both the white-ball series after losing the COVID-delayed rescheduled fifth Test.”

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“Came here, wanted to achieve something as a group in white ball. We were here last time and were beaten, I remember that. Not an easy place to come and win games.” It was a good pitch to bat on but England failed to capitalize on it and even India’s best elite collapsed against left-arm spinner Reece Topley. But the duo of Pant and Hardik ensured the tourists emerged victorious and the skipper was full of praise for his young stars.

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They backed themselves and played cricketing shots,” Rohit said. He admitted that the top-order, which also includes himself, came out poor.

“To be honest, the wicket didn’t have much. We played some not so good shots. Still back those guys (Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan) to come out good. (It was) one of those series where top order hasn’t come to the party.”

Man of the series Hardik, who took career-best figures of 4/24 apart from making 71, said he doesn’t mind being hit for sixes as long as he keeps picking up wickets. He also tasted success with the short ball. “I love short balls. I don’t like people taking me on. It gets me into the game. I don’t mind if you hit me for six sixes, even if I can get a wicket.”

I always feel I’m shameless as a bowler. Don’t care how far I get hit,” Hardik said.

Regarding Pant, he said, “We all know what talent he has. Finally today he was playing the situation. The partnership changed the game for us. The way he finished the game was also special.” Pant, who was named the Man-of-the-Match for his sublime 113-ball 125, hoped he would remember his first ODI hundred for the rest of his life.

“Hopefully I will remember this day for the rest of my life. I was focusing on one ball at a time when I was batting. When your team is under pressure and you bat like that .. something I aspire to do,” Pant, who came in at 25 for two, said.

England skipper Jos Buttler said his team didn’t bat well throughout the summer. “I thought we were short (of runs). Needed a good start which we got actually (with the ball). Throughout the whole summer so far we haven’t batted our best,” Buttler said.

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