BENGALURU: After the fifth and last T20I was abandoned against South Africa due to rain, the Indian skipper Rishabh Pants said he would be looking forward to contributing more with the bat in the upcoming England Test.
With the game abandoned, the series remains at 2-2 and will be shared by both teams.
“There are a lot of positives. The way the team showed their character from 0-2 up was a huge positive. We are in a good position as we find different ways to win the game. I can only think of give my 100 per cent as a player and captain it’s up to you how I’m doing as a player and captain I can only focus on my 100 per cent every time I step onto the pitch and I keep improving,” Pant said after the game was abandoned.
“It’s the first time I’ve lost so many shots, but it’s not under my control. We will be keen to win the Test we are going to play in England and from a personal point of view I want to contribute more to the team with the bat,” he added.
Team India and England will face off for the fifth Test on July 1, which was scrapped earlier in 2021 due to COVID-19. Subsequently, the two teams will also play three ODIs and three T20Is.
Before the action was interrupted by rain, India were 28/2 in 3.3 overs, with Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh pants (1*).
Challenged first by South Africa, India got off to a bad start. Under the first four overs, Ichan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad were back in the hut after scoring 15 and 10 points respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi dealt a blow to the Men in Blue by shoving both openers out under the power play.
Notably, in Game 4 of the series, India beat Proteas by 82 points to tie the series. In the lead, India posted 169/6 in their 20 overs, largely thanks to the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In response, SA was packed for just 87. Avesh Khan was the star of Men in Blue with the ball, taking 4/18.
India will now face Ireland for a two-game T20I series on June 26-28 in Dublin.
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