IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series

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IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series
IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series

IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series

IND vs SA: After India battled back from two games down to take the five-match series against South Africa to a decider, which was washed out here on Sunday, skipper Rishabh Pant praised his team’s fighting spirit.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said there were many positives to take away from the 2-2 series.

“It might get a little bit frustrating, but there are a lot of positives, especially the way the whole team showed character after the series was 2-0. We are trying to find different ways of winning matches, we are trying to play in a new way.

“Mistakes will happen, but we are going in the right way. I think this is the first time I’ve lost this many tosses at the same time, but it’s not in my control, so I’m not thinking about it too much,” Pant said after the fifth and final match was called off due to rain.

On his personal form, Pant said: “From a personal point of view I would like to contribute more to making my team win. I can only think about giving my 100 percent as a player and captain.”

IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series
IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant hails fighting spirit of team, takes lot of positives from series

After the last game called off with only 3.3 overs left to play, India and South Africa shared the title.

A heavy precipitation delayed the game by 50 minutes after it put into bat. It began to rain just as the game was about to begin.

The shortened match began at 7:50 p.m.. But called off after only 16 minutes of play, during which India scored 28 runs for two wickets.

South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj, who replaced injured regular captain Temba Bavuma, said it was terrible to end such an amazing tour in this manner.

“Very disappointed we didn’t get a full game for the end of an exciting tour. We tried a few combinations. Still a work in progress for Australia. You may still see changes. I am sure the future series against India will be interesting like this one.

“We carried our confidence from past tours. And at the same time we didn’t want to take anything for granted,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished with six wickets for 85 runs and a best of 4/13, said winning the Player of the Series award in a T20 series is always a proud occasion.

“When you get Man of the Series, it’s always a proud moment. And as a bowler in T20, it’s even better. I’m always focused on getting back stronger, whether it’s my bowling or my fitness.

“I’ve been playing for years now, my role has always been the same. Bowl two in the powerplay, bowl two at the end. These things are always the same, but as a senior I always think about helping the youngsters.

“I’ve been lucky that the captain has given me the full hand and said do what you want. In that regard I’ve blessed,” he said.