Rishabh Pant Ravi Shastri
Rishabh Pant Ravi Shastri.

India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant on Sunday gifted former head coach Ravi Shastri a bottle of champagne during the presentation ceremony of the ODI series. Pant scored a menacing century to hand England a five-wicket defeat at Old Trafford and clinch the three-match series for India 2-1.

After getting out for a nought at Lord’s, Pant staged a remarkable comeback in the series-decider game in Manchester. India were reeling at 72/4 in a chase of 260 runs. All-rounder Hardik Pandya joined Pant and the duo took a step further to up the ante in India’s innings.

Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya take India past finishing line in 3rd ODI

Hardik was the one to reach the 50-plus score first but Pant followed his partner in the cause very soon. He particularly targeted Craig Overton with the range of shots in his repertoire.

Despite Hardik’s dismissal in the 36th over to Brydon Carse, Pant kept flowing the boundaries with no way he wanted to stop. His focus shifted from Overton to David Willey.

Rishabh Pant Hits His Maiden ODI Century
Rishabh Pant Hits His Maiden ODI Century PC- Twitter

Pant bent his left knee and smoked the left-arm pacer over deep mid-wicket for a six. He hammered the same bowler for five fours in a row in the 42nd over to provide the finishing touches before sealing the game with a reverse sweep off Joe Root.

Watch: Rishabh Pant gifts champagne bottle to Ravi Shastri

Pant was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 125 off 113 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes. The Indian gloveman was presented with a medal and a bottle of champagne in the award ceremony after the game.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)

Just after finishing his post-match interview, Pant rushed to Shastri, who was busy with commentary duties for host broadcaster Sky Sports. With a few seconds of talk, Pant handed over the champagne bottle to his former coach, who accepted it and quickly resumed his commentary.

When the Indian team started celebrations for the series win on the podium, senior Indian batter Virat Kohli too was seen offering a bottle to Shastri.

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