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Rishabh Pant Blamed Cheteshwar Pujara For His 97 In Sydney Test?
By CricShots - Jun 20, 2022 11:25 am
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Team India pulled off a win in the Border-Gavaskar 2020-21 series under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane despite the lack of experience and hence it had become one of the sporting achievements in the history of the country. A documentary named ‘Bando mein tha dum” has been made on the same by Voot. The win in Gabba Test has been often recalled by the cricketing fans but the viewers tend to forget about the Sydney Test. 

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Rishabh Pant

Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, Team India left no stone unturned Rahane-led team toiled hard to avoid the defeat as the last-day thriller encounter ended in a draw. Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicket-keeper had a massive contribution in both the Gabba Test and the Sydney Test. The southpaw lost his wicket on the score 97 by a flighted delivery from the Australian off-spinner Nathon Lyon in the second innings in the Sydney Test.

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Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant opened up on the same during the recently released documentary. Rishabh Pant revealed that he was angry with Cheteshwar Pujara for breaking the momentum by reminding him of his score, resulting in him losing his wicket on the score of 97.

The Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane recalled Rishabh Pant’s reaction in the dressing room after getting out in an unfortunate way. He confessed that Rishabh Pant was furious at the middle-order batter after losing his wicket, when he was set to reach the century.

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Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara

In the show, Rishabh Pant said, “(Pujara said) ‘Rishabh… see for a while, try to stick. You can work in singles, doubles too. You don’t have to hit a boundary’. I got a little angry that they put me in this double-minded state. Because I like it when I’m very clear in my plans that this is what I want to do. We had built such a good momentum. In my mind the only thing at that time was ‘damn, what just happened?’ Because if I reached 100 there, it would have been one of my best.”

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On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane said, “When he came in, he was disappointed and angry and he said, ‘Pujara bhai came and reminded me that I was on 97. I wasn’t even aware. Had he not said anything, I would have probably completed by hundred.” 

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