“When we won the game, I wasn’t even sure how to respond. Pant stated, “I wanted to win the game, but I also didn’t want to get too excited.”
At the Gabba in 2021, in the nail-biting finale of an incredible series against Australia, Rishabh Pant was the man of the hour. Pant’s unbroken 89 with three overs left not only ended Australia’s 32-year winning streak at the ground, but with three wickets remaining, he also ensured an unprecedented 2-1 series victory for India. With the dreams of an entire country on his shoulders, Pant produced a breathtaking display that will go down in cricket history.
In a special watch-along with Star Sports two years later, Pant looks back on the historic game. Pant recognized the audience’s collaborative involvement in the game, when they applauded each defensive play and each shot. He emphasized the team’s cohesion and commended Ashwin in particular for his superb performance.
“That’s just the thing, cricket is not just a game, it’s an emotion,” remarked Rishabh Pant. It wasn’t crazy, but everyone watching the game became highly engrossed; the squad applauded every defensive and every shot. Playing a match like that is an entirely different experience. that everyone has joined forces and played as a team, particularly Ashwin’s performance.
Pant acknowledged that he was unsure of how to respond as they secured the win. He played with an intense desire to win, but he also made an effort to control his enthusiasm. He knew the importance of the game, given his lack of experience in shorter forms. Pant said that, especially after sitting out the opening game, it was a dream come true to have a major part in winning the series. His conviction in himself served as his motivation, and he stressed the value of having faith in oneself and one’s skills despite the doubts of others.
“I didn’t even know how to react when we won the game,” he remarked. I wanted to win the game, but I also didn’t want to get too worked up over it. Although it was an enjoyable game to play, it held great significance for me as I was not able to participate in One Days or T20s, and I was not even given a spot in Tests. I therefore told myself that this could not be happening since I expected you to be strong. It was also like a dream come true for me to win the game and the Series since I didn’t even participate in the first game.I was therefore convincing myself that I must pursue this sensation. This is the point at which self-belief becomes important—the ability to trust oneself and one’s skills even in the face of rejection from others.