Rishabh Pant Ravi Shastri: Rishabh Pant was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for his scintillating unbeaten century as India sealed the series 2-1 after beating England by five wickets in the third ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester.
With India in trouble at 21/2, Pant scored 125* with only eight overs remaining to help India chase down the 260-run target.
As the team celebrated after the post-match presentation ceremony, the 24-year-old was seen running to former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri with a bottle of champagne, which was given to him as the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Pant was seen chatting with Shastri and then offering him the bottle before running back to his teammates.
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Even during the team’s celebrations, Pant was seen spraying captain Rohit Sharma with champagne.
Virat Kohli was also spotted doing the same to Shikhar Dhawan and Arshdeep Singh, who had to literally run away from the former skipper.
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Pant has undoubtedly played a lot of cricket for India when Shastri was the head coach.
Shastri’s tenure comes to an end with the 2021 T20 World Cup and he has been replaced by Rahul Dravid in the role.
In the deciding match of the series, Hardik Pandya performed brilliantly with the ball as India bowled England out for 259.
The all-rounder returned with figures of 4/24.
But India were in trouble early on as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were dismissed in the first five overs.
Virat Kohli was soon to follow, and even Suryakumar Yadav could not stick around for long.
With India reeling at 72/4, Pant and Hardik stitched together a brilliant 133-run partnership to rescue their team and take them to a commanding position.
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After Hardik fell for 71, Pant upped his own tempo and reached his century with Ravindra Jadeja at the crease with him.
In a hurry to finish the match off, Pant then hit five consecutive boundaries off David Willey in the 42nd over and then reverse-swept Joe Root off the first ball of the next over to take India home comfortably. Rishabh Pant Ravi Shastri