Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Rishabh Pant, the Indian stand-in skipper said that he will be looking forward to contributing more with the bat in the upcoming Test match against England after the fifth and final T20I against South Africa got abandoned due to rain. With the match getting abandoned, the series stays level at 2-2 and the trophy was shared by both sides.

Rishabh Pant, 24, was named captain of the Indian team for the T20I series against South Africa after regular skipper KL Rahul was injured a day prior to the series. The series ended 2-2 after the deciding match in Bengaluru was abandoned due to rain on Sunday after only 3.3 overs were made possible.

Rishabh Pant led India against South Africa (BCCI Image)
Rishabh Pant led India against South Africa (BCCI Image)

Rishabh Pant Keen To Contribute More To The Team With The Bat In Rescheduled 5th Test Against England

The Team India keeper-batter has scored 741 runs in 48 T20I matches at an average of 23.15 and a strike rate of 123.91. Rishabh Pant has managed just 58 runs in the series against South Africa at a mediocre average of 14.5 and an equally poor strike rate of 105.45.

Rishabh Pant has struggled with the bat in the T20I series against South Africa, having registered scores of 29, 5, 6, 17, and 1*. But he wants to contribute more with the bat in the 5th rescheduled Test against hosts England.

“There are a lot of positives. The way the team showed character from 0-2 down was a huge positive. We are in a nice spot as we are finding different ways to win the game. I can only think about giving my 100 percent as a player and captain. It is for you guys to decide on how I am doing as a player and captain, I can only focus on giving my 100 percent every time I go on the field and keep improving,” said Pant after the match got abandoned.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

“This is the first time I have lost so many tosses, but it is not in 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 am keen to contribute more to the team with the bat,” he added.

Team India and England will be facing each other for the fifth Test on July 1, which earlier got abandoned in 2021 due to COVID-19. Following that, both the teams will also play three ODIs and three T20Is.

Lungi Ngidi Sent Back Ishan Kishan And Ruturaj Gaikwad To Pavillion Before Rain Interrupted The 5th T20I

In the 5th and final T20I, before the action was interrupted by rain, India was 28/2 in 3.3 overs, with Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh Pant (1*). Put to bat first by South Africa, India was off to a bad start. Under the first four overs openers, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad were back in the hut after scoring 15 and 10 runs respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi gave a big blow to the Men in Blue as he dismissed both the openers under the powerplay.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik (Credits: Twitter)

Notably, in the 4th match of the series, India defeated the Proteas by 82 runs to level the series. Put to bat first, India posted 169/6 in their 20 overs, largely powered by the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In reply, SA was bundled out for just 87. Avesh Khan was the star for Men in Blue with the ball, taking 4/18.

India will now be squaring off against Ireland for a two-match T20I series on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin.