Rishabh Pant scored 97 in Sydney against Australia during the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With India battling to draw the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pant went after the bowlers which put India in a commanding position.

The match ended up being a draw with R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari putting on a partnership but it wouldn’t have been possible without Pant.

Pant and Pujara had added 148 for the fourth wicket before Australia made a comeback. Rishabh missed his century by 3 runs as he was dismissed by Nathan Lyon. According to Pant, there was a lapse in his concentration because of Pujara.

“Pujara was constantly talking to me. Take a single or double, don’t go for a boundary. You can complete your century without hitting a big shot. . I got a little angry that he put me in this double-minded state. I have my own style of batting. I go for shots when I am clear in my mind. The regular conversation resulted in my downfall,” Pant said in the docu series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’ streaming on VOOT.

Ajinkya Rahane, who was India’s captain in that series, revealed that Pant was not happy when he returned to the dressing room as he felt that Pujara should have allowed him to do what he wanted instead of restricting his attacking game.

“Pant was angry when he came back to the dressing room. Pujara bhai came and reminded me that I was on 97. I wasn’t even aware. Had he not said anything, I would have completed by century,” said Rahane.

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