Indian swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant played the innings of his life in the fourth innings of the Gabba Test, leading the tourists to one of their greatest-ever Test wins.
Pant, who had smashed a whirlwind 97 in the fourth innings of the Sydney Test, did an encore of the same in Brisbane, but this time he ensured that he got the job as he timed his assault to perfection to help India breach the ‘Gabbatoir’.
Pant, however, did not do that alone. He was ably supported, first by the defiant Cheteshwar Pujara and then debutant Washington Sundar.
Pant and Sundar came together following the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal with India still needing a further 64 runs in the remaining 13.2 overs.
The southpaw, in a recent interview with Times of India, revealed how he and Washington Sundar went about their business in the final hour of the game.
Pant revealed that both he and Sundar wanted to take the aggressive route. However, they finally decided that they one of them needed to play the anchor’s role while the other will take the attack to the Aussies.
“I told Washi to play anchor and I will go big. But he said he wanted to hit big. Then both of us calmed down and decided one has to anchor and the other would go for shots. Washi played that role,” Rishabh Pant said.
Washington Sundar, who had scored his maiden half-century in the first innings, played a plethora of audacious strokes during his 29-ball 22, none better than the pick-up pull off Pat Cummins over deep fine-leg.
That stroke by Sundar broke the shackles for India as he backed it with another boundary before Rishabh Pant smashed two more against Nathan Lyon in the very next over.
Nathan Lyon eventually dismissed Washington Sundar after he missed the attempted reverse-sweep but by then, the job was all but done as India needed just.10 runs for victory.
India lost one more wicket in the form of Shardul Thakur but Rishabh Pant ensured that he stayed till the end before eventually finishing it off with a straight drive off Josh Hazlewood.