Rain played spoilsport in the fifth and final T20I of the series between India and South Africa, forcing both sides to share the trophy. Only 3.3 overs were possible before the rain eventually led to the game being halted in Bengaluru. Team India had made an incredible comeback to the series after losing its first two games, beating the Proteas by 48 runs at Vizag before taking an emphatic 82-run victory at Rajkot.
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After the match, Captain Rishabh Pant reflected on India’s performance and his own captaincy in the series.
“There are many positives. The way the team showed character from 0-2 down was hugely positive. We are in a good place because we are finding different ways to win the match,” Pant said during the post-match presentation.
“All I can think about is giving my 100% as a player and captain. It’s up to you to decide how I do as a player and captain, I can only focus on giving my 100% every time I go out on the field and keep improving.”
Pant also had a cheeky comment about his lost throws; the wicketkeeper batter failed to win the toss in one of five games against South Africa. “This is the first time I’ve lost so many throws, but I can’t control it,” said Pant.
The 24-year-old will then be seen in action in the fifth Test of the series against England between July 1 and 5, and Pant said he will aim for a better batting performance throughout the game.
“We will be happy to win the test that we are going to play in England and from a personal point of view I would like to contribute more to the team with the bat,” said Pant.
The Indian T20I team will be back in action later this month when it takes on Ireland in a two-T20I series. As Pant prepares for the English test, all-rounder Hardik Pandya will lead the squad in the shortest format.