The Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant asserts that he wasn’t worried after being dismissed for 93 in the first innings of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Pant was well on course of reaching the three-figure mark for the sixth time in Test cricket, but Mehidy Hasan Miraz eventually got the wicket of the southpaw. It was also the sixth time that Pant got out in the 90s in red-ball cricket.
However, Rishabh Pant said that rather than being worried about personal milestones, he was focusing more on helping the Indian team to make a comeback in the match. Pant and Iyer made a partnership of 159 runs for the fifth wicket and guided the visiting team through to an 87-run lead in the first innings.
Before the start of play on a moving day, Rishabh Pant said, “As an individual, I was fine because I knew I was doing well. I thought I could capitalize but didn’t because I missed the hundred. But Shreyas and I got the team out of trouble, which was important.”
He further added, “It just happens, I don’t think about landmarks. For me, having an impact and helping your team is what matters. If it (the hundred) happens, it happens.”
Rishabh Pant has been fairly cheerful behind the wickets and often keeps cheering the bowlers up. The southpaw said that keeping wickets helps him to understand the playing conditions well.
The southpaw gloveman explained, “It has been very helpful for me, from behind I can assess the conditions. I have a lot of interest in doing it, it is part of my cricketing journey.” Pant was also of the opinion that the pitch in Mirpur is a tad slower compared to the one in Chattogram. He added, “This is slower but otherwise it is similar to Chattogram.”