Indian team offensive wicket keeper Rishabh Pant said the team didn’t set any blueprints for how they wanted to approach deaths with the Bat. The southpaw said he and Venkatesh Iyer struck as the situation demanded on Friday.
Pant (52* from 28) and Iyer (33 from 18) added 76 from just 35 balls for the fifth wicket in the 2nd T20I of the three-game series against West Indies in Kolkata. Thanks to the blazing stand, Team India went 186 for 5 after being sent to bat.
During a virtual press conference after the match, Pant was asked if there was a plan in place to launch an all-out attack during the partnership. The 24-year-old replied:
“We didn’t define any model, but we tried to capitalize on intermediaries. In the end, you have to play the situation. When I was beating, I thought I had to deepen the game a bit.
The aggressive southpaw expanded on the partnership and added:
“Typically, I would like to hit bowlers 14-15, but I tried to take it a step further. I knew after Iyer our bowlers were coming. He (Iyer) came in and played very well, and we had a good partnership together.
During Iyer’s rounds, the glover said the all-rounder read the situation well and played accordingly. He stated:
“When you go down the order, you know the situation. He is someone who reads the situation very well. We talked about keeping it simple and not trying too many things. The plan was to see the ball, hit the ball.
While Pant hit seven fours and a six in his innings, Iyer slammed four fours and a high.
“Trying to find different positions for different people” – Pant on Iyer at bat in middle order
Iyer rose to prominence by opening the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2021. However, for India, he struck in the middle order. Explaining the decision, the wicketkeeper pointed out that Team India were trying to fit players into specific roles. He precised :
“He (Iyer) is a mature cricketer. He used to minimize the order for MP. Yes, in the IPL it opens, but we can’t think too much about it. In the Indian team, we just try to find different positions for different people. We are focused on giving everyone chances where we think they fit for the team. And we’re trying to take things from there.
After shots from Iyer and Pant took India to a tough total, the bowlers held their nerves. The hosts recorded a win by eight points, their 100th victory in T20I, despite counter-attacks from fifty-year-olds Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell.