Rishabh Pant labeled his series-winning innings “one of the biggest moments” of his life after India inflicted the first defeat on Australia at the Gabba since 1988. The 23-year-old hit an unbeaten 89 on day five to complete a remarkable recovery which saw the tourists win the four-match Test series 2-1 despite losing the opener after being dismissed for 36 in Adelaide.
“This is one of the biggest moments of my life now,” Pant said. “It’s been a dream series. The team management always back me and tells me ‘you are a match-winner’ and I keep thinking every day that I want to win matches for India and I did it today.”
“It really means a lot to us. I don’t know how to describe this victory. I’m just proud of all the boys, each and every individual.” captain Ajinkya Rahane said. “We just wanted to give our best, not to think about the result. When I went in the conversation between me and Pujara was Puji to bat normal and me to go for my shots because we knew Rishabh and Mayank (Agarwal) were there. Credit to Pujara, the way he handled the pressure was magnificent, and Rishabh was brilliant in the end.”
After another final day to forget, the wicketkeeper conceded they need to review how they handle the pressure. “Absolutely disappointed. We came here to win the Test and win the series. It’s been a bit of a trend that we were found wanting in the key moments and completely outplayed by a tough Indian side that fully deserves the win.” Paine said. “I think there are lots of things we’ll look back at, but what’s done is done. We need to look forward now. There’s a big series in South Africa coming up. We’ve been outplayed by the better side in this series.”