Former Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has recalled his conversation with the young Rishabh Pant during the famous Gabba Test in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. He revealed that he told Pant to lie down at the pitch if needed to remain not out while speaking on Voot Select’s recently-released docu-series ‘Bandon Mei Tha Dum’.
However, the 2020-21 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was a memorable tour for Team India for many reasons. The series witnessed many talented young Indian cricketers, and one of them was Rishabh Pant. And, they all stood up in the absence of a few seniors as well. Ahead of the fourth Test at Gabba, the series was levelled 1-1 as well. India were chasing 329 to register a memorable series victory, and Rishabh Pant walked into bat when they were down to 167/3. He took on the Australian attack, scoring an unbeaten 89 off 138 balls to help the team reach the target with three wickets in hand as well.
Ajinkya Rahane, who was India’s captain for that series, recently opened up about his conversation with Pant and he stated when Rahane departed at Gabba Test while chasing a challenging target, the scoreboard read 167/3. At that point, he told Pant, while walking into the middle, to lie down if it is needed as they could not afford to lose more wickets before tea as well as the interval was 15 minutes due from that time.
“When I was going back to the dressing room, Rishabh Pant was coming in. I just told him, 15 minutes are left for tea, play these 15 minutes somehow, stay at the pitch, if you want to lie down, do that. I won’t tell you anything after tea,” Shared Ajinkya Rahane on Voot Select’s recently-released docu-series ‘Bandon Mei Tha Dum’.