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December 5, 2020

The Chhattisgarh

Beyond The Region

I do get frustrated when I don’t get runs, says Rishabh Pant

Pant, who had failed to perform in the first two T20Is against the West Indies, on Tuesday showed some spark in the final match that India won by seven wickets to sweep the three-match series.

The left-handed batsman played a winning knock of unbeaten 65 off just 42 balls with 4 fours and as many sixes, as India chased down the target of 147 with four balls to spare.

Speaking to India vice-captain Rohit Sharma for BCCI.TV, Pant said: “I felt really good about my innings. I was not able to score runs and was getting frustrated but I kept following my process and it fetched the desired results today.”

Talking about his 106-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli, the 21-year-old said, “When I and Virat (Kohli) bhaiya were playing, we were thinking of stitching together a big partnership and take the game deep and then accelerate in the last seven-eight overs.”

The Delhi lad has been time and again criticized for his shot-selection and temperament. Even during the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Pant had come under fire after he threw away the start he got and gifted his wicket while attempting a hoick against spinner Mitchell Santner, thus leaving India at sixes and sevens during the chase of 240 which they ultimately failed to achieve.

“There are various times that I get frustrated when I don’t get the runs. Then I think what different things I could have done to perform. There are times when I take the right decision and even then I am not able to perform. It happens in cricket and is part and parcel of the game,” Pant said.

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