Mumbai: On being asked about his form, Team India stand-in captain Rishabh Pant said he can only give his 100 per cent as a player and a captain. Pant’s remarks came after the series-deciding fifth T20I against South Africa was washed out due to rain at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on June 19. The series was drawn at 2-2.
The Delhi cricketer was named the stand-in captain for the home series, which ended at the last minute after KL Rahul was out of action following a prolonged back injury. Not only did she perform exceptionally well with the bat, but luck also favoured her in the toss and lost all five.
“It may be a bit disappointing, but there are a lot of positives, especially the way the entire team showed character after the series 2-0,” Pant said in the post-match presentation.
“We are trying to find different ways to win matches, we are trying to play in new ways. There will be mistakes, but we are on the right track,” he added.
He said, “I can only think of giving my 100 per cent as a player and captain. It’s up to you guys to decide how I am performing as a player and as a captain, I can focus on giving my 100 per cent every time on the field and keep improving.”
As far as the southpaw’s batting performance is concerned, he could only manage scores of 17, 6, 5 and 29 in four matches. In the fifth T20I, the stand-in captain came to bat in the fourth over after opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed.
He made that mark on the very first ball, which he had to face after the rain stopped at the venue. Rishabh Pant will now be hoping to rediscover his mojo with the bat in the upcoming tour of England.