The highly competitive nature of international sports can often lead players to be uncertain and selfish about their own success versus that of the team, which makes sacrifices an endearing sight. Rishabh Pant won hearts on Thursday after obliging Hardik Pandya by relinquishing his wicket in the India dead.
India, despite appearing to struggle to even reach 140 at one point, found themselves with a commendable 168/6 total at the end of their 20 overs. The explosion was largely orchestrated by a brilliant blitzkrieg by Hardik Pandya in the dead as the all-rounder ended up scoring for the team with 63 from just 33 deliveries.
Initially supported by Virat KohliPandya was later joined by Rishab Panting at the other end who was only playing their second game of the tournament. The wicket-keeper had a golden opportunity to cement his place in the squad for the final should India win against England, but an incident in the final innings highlighted Pant’s dedication to the cause. team and their selfless instincts, even in the most stressful situations.
On strike against chris jordanthe 24-year-old failed to get away from a wide yorker as the ball rushed in Joe Buttlerhis gloves. Stunned for a moment, Pant failed to realize that Pandya was charging towards the end of the striker looking to play the final three deliveries and propel India to a better score with his strike. By the time Pant became aware of the situation, he had no way of getting back to the other end in time. Nonetheless, spurred on by an impassioned Pandya, Pant simply opted to sacrifice himself without too much ceremony and was comfortably chased away by Jordan.
As he departed, Pant managed to endear the crowd with a wry smile and a thumbs-up gesture for his batting partner, aware that the team needed the maverick out on strike during the late innings. Twitterati quickly recognized Pant’s selflessness and took to social media to praise his team spirit.
—MAHARAJ JI (@MAHARAJ96620593) November 10, 2022
All is well
Proud of you Rishabh pants ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FwKF6MjndY
– Rishabh Pants Fans Club (@rishabpantclub) November 10, 2022
— ARINDAM (@ArindamSarma7) November 10, 2022
me in rishabh pants pic.twitter.com/wqxGXGayCS
— Diaa (@JoshiDiya_) November 10, 2022
thanks rishabh pants pic.twitter.com/mA6kJdR0dw
— gordon (@gordonramashray) November 10, 2022
He did for good
Rishabh Pant, you sacrificed your wicket for good today. 👏
— Aditya (@Adityakrsaha) November 10, 2022
— Sushil Chauhan (@SushilChauhann) November 10, 2022
me in rishabh pants pic.twitter.com/XH8NEggJm2
— vipin (@djfrankkie) November 10, 2022
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