From on the field to off the field, Rishabh Pant is in all the headlines. After Pant’s display of clean striking on the fifth day of the drawn Sydney Test against Australia, Rohit Sharma revealed the messy side of the wicket-keeper batsman.
Rohit, who made a return to the Test team at the Sydney Cricket Ground last playing in November 2019, posted a story on his Instagram page. The opener shared an image of Pant’s room as he packs to leave for Brisbane, where the fourth and the last Test will be played.
In the image, which Rohit captions as ‘Legendary Rishabh Pant’s room‘, all things in Pant’s room can be seen spread out and unclean. From the clothes to accessories to food items to his bags, everything is on the floor as Pant and Shubman Gill share a laugh regarding the untidy state of the wicket-keeper’s room.
Hard work truly pays off: Rishabh Pant
Speaking of the game, Rishabh Pant played a scintillating knock of 97 on Day 5 in Sydney against Australia. A knock that put India in a position where once an unscalable target of 407 seemed probable.
Rishabh Pant came to bat at the score of 102/3 and launched a counter-attack on the Australian bowlers, Nathan Lyon, in particular. Pant knew he couldn’t survive defending against Lyon – Pant had edged twice off Lyon but was given reprieves by Tim Paine – and hence, he chose the best form of defense: attack.
The 23-year-old at the SCG, where he notched a hundred a couple of years ago, went after the off-spinner, who was turning the ball away from the left-hander. Pant harrumphed Lyon for three maximums along with a dozen boundaries in his innings.
Pant, battling with elbow pain, fell just 3 runs short of his century, moreover, his 118-ball stay at the crease and a massive partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara gave India the base in the first two sessions to draw out the game – which the team did with valiant efforts from Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin.
“Hard work truly pays off. On to BrisbaneHappy to contribute to the team. Well done boys. On to Brisbane,” tweeted Rishabh Pant after India’s epic draw.
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) January 11, 2021