'To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won't lie, the selection thought was running in my mind.'
Ignored for the World Cup, Rishabh Pant said the 'selection thought was running' in his mind, during his match-winning knock against Rajasthan Royals, in Jaipur, on Monday.
Pant a statement with a blistering 78 off 36 balls as he powered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, which took them to the top of the IPL points table.
"I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won't lie, the selection thought was running in my mind," Pant said at the post-match press conference.
"I focussed on my process and it worked for me. The wicket was playing good, and I just took advantage of that, I guess. The most important thing for our team is that everyone knows our role, and the support staff tells us, 'this is your role, and this is what is going to happen to you'," The young wicketkeeper-batsman added.
Pant, who was left out of India's squad for the World Cup at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, smashed six fours and four sixes during his stay in the middle.
DC skipper Shreyas Iyer was happy with the way the pitch played, and so was his counterpart Steve Smith.
"When we play away from home, the wickets are so good. We enjoy playing on the rise, and the wickets are perfectly made for them," Iyer said.
"It was important to get a good start in the Powerplay, and Shikhar (Dhawan) has been doing that well. The way we have been playing away games and coming back to our home games, we are unaware of how our pitch plays itself."
DC fought back after Rajasthan looked to cross 200 at one stage.
"We knew they were going to go all out, especially the way Ajinkya was batting. This is a big ground, and the pitch was a belter. The way they started, we were expecting 200, but the bowlers did well to restrict them to 190," Iyer said.
The win lifted Delhi to the top of the table with 11 victories and four defeats from 11 outings.