India have registered a convincing win in the second ODI against West Indies. The third ODI will take place at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Wednesday (August 14). As the first ODI was abandoned, the third game is crucial for both the teams. However, it is important for youngster Rishabh Pant who is looking for a big score.
“Everyone is pumped up right now and focussing on the match. We need to win this match to win the series. That’s what we are looking forward to right now,” Rishabh Pant told the media before a practice session at the Queen’s Park Oval on Tuesday (August 13).
“As an individual I would love to have a big score behind me. Every time I go in, I am not focussing on that. I just want to play normal and positive cricket, hopefully I can help my team to win matches,” the wicket-keeper batsman said.
Pant feels that the ODI series will be crucial for India after the dismal show in the 2019 World Cup semifinal.
“We all felt very upset after losing in the semifinals, but as professionals we know we didn’t play that badly, just 45 minutes of cricket that we played badly. After that we knew we had to come back more stronger and improve ourselves. We need to learn and keep on improving ourselves,” Pant added.
“There was a situation in the last game where we felt they had the upper hand. We knew if we could keep it tight, we can win this match,” Pant said.
“We are not experimenting, we are giving chance to everyone in the squad. Hopefully everyone is getting the proper chance before going in, everyone is confident about their position because the team management is supporting them,” Pant added. “The pitch is slightly on the slower side, you need to give yourself time after going in and once set you can score more runs. Everyday, every match and every year is crucial for me. I want to improve myself as a cricketer and as a person. That’s what I am looking for,” he concluded.