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Want to keep improving with each game: Pant

August 14, 2019 10:55 IST

Rishabh Pant has not had the best time in the middle in the ongoing West Indies tour

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant has not had the best time in the middle in the ongoing West Indies tour. Photograph: Albert Perez/Getty Images

On the eve of the final ODI of the three-match series against West Indies, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant said that he just wants to play a positive brand of cricket.

"Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score behind my back. Every time I go in, I am not focussing on that. I just want to play positive cricket and I want to win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me, I want to keep on improving as a cricketer and as a  person," Pant told reporters on the eve of third ODI.


Pant had a bad start to the Windies tour as he was dismissed for 0 and 4 in the first two T20Is of the three-match series. He was later successful in turning around his fortunes as he played a match-winning knock of 65 runs in the third T20I.

In the second ODI, the batsman managed to score just 20 runs.

Pant said that every member of the team is calm and is just focussing on winning the final ODI of the series.

"Everyone is calm right now. We are just focussing on the match. We need to win the final ODI, and finish the series on a high," Pant said.

In the second ODI of the three-match series, Windies were in a good position at 179/4 during their chase of 270 in 46 overs. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase in quick succession to enable India to gain a comprehensive 59-run win.

"There was a situation in the previous ODI when West Indies had an upper hand. We knew if we kept it tight, we will come out as triumphant," Pant said.

The 21-year-old Pant said that the team management is just trying to give every member of the squad a chance to play in the final XI. He also opined that the Trinidad wicket is on the slower side so the batsmen need to take their time.

"We are not experimenting, we are just giving chances to everyone. Hopefully, everyone is getting the chance. The team management is supporting all the members of the side," Pant said.

"The wicket is on a slower side, it is not flat. you need to give yourselves time when you go in and then you can start looking for big shots," he added.

India currently holds a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against West Indies. The first ODI was abandoned due to rain. In the second ODI, the Men in Blue came out triumphant.

Both teams lock horns in the final ODI later on Wednesday.

Source: ANI