The young Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant was the pick of the batters during India’s five-wicket win over England in the third ODI at Old Trafford as he played a match-winning knock of 125 not out off 111 balls. It was his maiden century in white ball cricket and made him the first Indian wicket-keeper batter to score centuries in both Tests and ODIs in England.
Rishabh Pant won the player of the match for his efforts, after which he could be seen in a video uploaded by the fan offering the champagne bottle he was awarded to the former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri, who was part of the Sky Sports commentary team for the series. Pant could be seen giving Shastri the bottle before laughing and gesturing toward the crowd.
England was bundled out for 259 thanks to brilliant spells from Hardik Pandya (4/24) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/60). Jos Buttler (60), Jason Roy (41) and Moeen Ali (34) played some crucial knocks for the hosts.
Here is the video of the incident:
Chasing 260, Reece Topley came hard on India’s top order and had them at 72/4, but then Hardik Pandya and Pant stitched a match-winning partnership of 133 runs for the 5th wicket. With this, Pant has joined the league of wicket-keeper batters like Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul who have scored a century outside Asia in the ODI format.
After 20 overs Pandya and Pant took their side’s score beyond the 100-run mark under 21 overs with four wickets down. The duo shifted their gears in the middle overs and started playing an attacking game. All-rounder Pandya brought up his half-century in 43 balls in the 30th over of the match, following up on the four-wicket haul he took during England’s innings.