'Biggest Thing In My Life': Rishabh Pant After Winning The Brisbane Test For India
However, Pant, who initially batted in a circumspect manner while curbing his natural strokes and had buckled down in the company of Pujara, opened up after the departure of India's batting mainstay.
From 34 off 84 deliveries at the time of Pujara's dismissal, he finished with an unbeaten 89 off 138 balls, scoring his last 55 runs off 54 balls.
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"I think this is the biggest thing in my life right now. I am happy (and thankful) to the support staff, and all the fans who supported me even though I was not playing the initial matches (the limited-overs series games and the first pink-ball Test). But it has been a dream series I can say that. I had been practicing hard and everything paid off because we won the series," said Pant who was adjudged the Player of the Match.
The hosts had won the first Test of the series in Adelaide while bowling out India with the pink ball for their lowest Test total of 36. The Rahane-led side, however, registered a stunning comeback in Melbourne, winning the Boxing Day Test by eight wickets. The third Test then ended in an epic draw in Sydney.
Pant said the team management, including coach Ravi Shastri and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, had backed him and encouraged him by calling him a match-winner.
"The team management always backs saying that you are a match-winner and you always have to go and win the match for the team. That is the only thing I keep thinking every day. I always think that I want to win matches for India and I am happy that I did it today," added the 23-year-old.
Pant said he was more disciplined, although there were some loose shots too during the course of his Tuesday's knock.
"Yes, this was a fifth-day pitch. The ball was turning a bit and I thought I have to be disciplined with my shot selection and if you win the match everything pays off well. Everything went so well."