'I've made mistakes in the past': Pant opens up his batting and keeping after winning Player of the Series against SL

Updated on Mar 14, 2022 08:10 PM IST

Rishabh Pant slammed the fastest Test fifty by an Indian, breaking the record set by legendary Kapil Dev 40 years ago.

India's Rishabh Pant(ANI)
India's Rishabh Pant(ANI)
By, New Delhi

There's never a dull moment when Rishabh Pant is present on the field. He is a crowd favourite for his on-field quirks, be it behind the stumps or with the willow. The 24-year-old dasher seems to have mastered the art of controlled madness as he slammed the fastest Test fifty by an Indian, breaking the record set by legendary Kapil Dev 40 years ago.

Pant's free-flowing innings was followed by Shreyas Iyer's 67, which helped India bat 69 overs before declaring on 303 for nine. In response, Sri Lanka got bundled out for 208 as India recorded a big 238-run win to register a series sweep over the islanders.

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India also won the opening Test in three days and this victory gives new all-format captain Rohit Sharma a winning start to his Test leadership. And Pant played a key role in the 2-0 series win, recording an entertaining 96 in Mohali as well. He was adjudged the Player of the Series for his batting exploits and Pant talked about his evolution as a batter and keeper.

Pant, who has been criticised for his work behind the stumps and irrational batting approach, admitted making "mistakes" in the past but stressed on maintaining steady growth as a player.

"I think both (batting and keeping), you need to keep evolving, I've made mistakes in the past and want to keep improving. It's not in my mindset, the wicket was difficult to play, so I thought I will look for quick runs," said Pant in the post-match presentation.

Pant, who will now be seen leading Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, also talked about his improved keeping skills and the management's decision to promote him at the No. 5 position. Pant inflicted stumpings of Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella on third day when Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

"I'll do whatever the team management want me to do (on batting at number five). I think it's more about confidence, previously, I used to think too much, now I'm only focusing on every ball," he further said.

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