Georgetown (Guyana): Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has revealed that he gets frustrated whenever he is unable to perform for the team.
Pant, who had failed to perform in the first two T20Is against the West Indies, on Tuesday showed some spark in the final match which India won by seven wickets to clean sweep the three-match series.
The left-handed batsman played a winning knock of unbeaten 65 off just 42 balls with four fours and four sixes as India chased down the target of 147 with four balls to spare.
Speaking to India vice-captain Rohit Sharma for BCCI.TV, Pant said: “Felt really good about my innings. I was not able to score runs and was getting frustrated. But, I kept following my process and it fetched the desired results today.”
Talking about his 106-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli, the 21-year-old said: “When I and Virat bhaiya [brother] were playing, we were thinking of stitching together a big partnership and take the game deep and then accelerate in the last seven-eight overs.”
The Delhi lad has been time and again criticised for his shot selection and temperament. Even during the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Pant came under fire after he threw away the start he got and gifted his wicket while attempting a hoick to spinner Mitchell Santner, thus leaving India at sixes and sevens during chase of 240 which they ultimately failed to chase down.
“There are various times that I get frustrated when I don’t get the runs. Then I think what different things I could have done to perform. There are times when I take the right decision and even then I am not able to perform. It happens in cricket and is part and parcel of the game,” Pant said.
“But what I try to do always is to focus on my basics, trust my instincts and just follow the process,” he added.
The left-handed batsman, who has been termed as the future of the Indian team by the skipper himself, doesn’t get bogged down by the pressure.
“Sometimes I feel the pressure, sometimes I enjoy. But at the end of the day, what matters for me is that the entire team, including senior members, have trust in me and that gives me a huge amount of confidence because then you know that even if you fail to perform in one or two innings, the team will back you. Thus, support from teammates is a huge confidence booster.”