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Rishabh Pant recalls his heartfelt conversation with Shubman Gill during Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21

Shubman Gill had missed the century in the Gabba Test

Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant
Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (Image Credit : Twitter)

India wicketkeeper batter, Rishabh Pant, has revealed the conversation he had with Shubman Gill on the last day of the Gabba Test during the 2021 Border Gavaskar series. Gill was opening the batting alongside Rohit Sharma with the team needing 325 runs to win on Day 5 of the Test match. The right-hander dominated the pace attack with his shots on the square of the wicket. He was looking set to get his maiden international hundred.

However, the 2018 U19 World Cup got out at an individual score of 91. At this stage, the team had scored 132 runs, needing another 196 more runs to win. The Punjab player tried to play at cover against Nathan Lyon. The ball dropped on him at the last moment which is why he couldn’t reach the ball completely.

The Kookaburra ball took the outside edge and was caught at slips by Steven Smith. Meanwhile, Pant has revealed that he and his teammate had discussed trying to win the game. The left-hander said that he was happy to see Gill playing his shots. However, Gill was gutter with himself when he got out.

“Gill and I had discussed that we wanted to win the match and not just draw it,” said Pant, on the docu-series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’. Gill was hitting the pull shot, cut shot. I was feeling happy because we had discussed it. In my mind, I had only one thought that we have to win. When Gill got out, he was furious after he came back. He was shouting, ‘What have I done?’ and was cursing himself,” said Pant.

The Delhi player consoled the opening batter by saying “don’t worry, you have batted well”. After Gill’s wicket, the stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane added a few quick runs before he was caught behind. Pant came out to bat at this stage and ensured that he finished the game for the team. With this, the World Number Two Test side managed to win the series 2-1.

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