In the first ODI match, the youngster Rishabh Pant scored his maiden ODI half-century against West Indies. After being regularly criticised because of his poor performance, Pant finally had a good day in Chennai.
When Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma lost their wickets, everyone’s hope was down that India would set a big target. But the two youngsters held the team forward. Shreyas Iyer (70) and Rishabh Pant (71) led the team to score 287 runs. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck 7-fours and one maximum. When he tried to strike his second six, he gave the catch to Shimron Hetmyer, standing at deep backward square leg.
Crowd Chants “Rishabh Pant”
Pant really played appreciable innings but could not score a hundred. But this time the crowd fully supported the 22-year-old. Whenever he made a mistake, the crowd didn’t leave a moment to taunt the player as the stadium echoed with the name of MS Dhoni. But this time the fans were chanting “Rishabh Pant- Rishabh Pant” in Chennai ground, the home town of MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
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Rishabh Pant reacts to crowd chant
In the post-match, Pant acknowledged that crowd support is important as it gives confidence in playing a big knock.
“Sometimes it is important when crowd support you because as an individual I was thinking of scoring big runs but I was not getting there. I’m not saying I got there but I’m just trying to improve every day. As a team point of view, whatever I can do to help my team win and to have a good score on the scoreboard that’s what I was focusing and in the end I got some runs,” said Pant.
However, the team lost the first ODI match, but it would give confidence to Pant who is finding his form back.