It is after a long time that India won a bilateral ODI series on England soil and the delight on the players faces said it all. After a very poor batting performance in the 2nd ODI and another top order debacle in the 3rd ODI India looked to have almost spoiled their chances of a win chasing a modest target . However Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya had other ideas as they played sensible cricket building on a partnership and not going for big shots early . As soon as the partnership developed they gradually changed gears and got into a roll as England bowlers were left frustrated at not getting the breakthrough. Both Pant and Hardik needed to play sensibly as India had a long tail.
After Hardik (71) got out Pant (125*) ensured to stay at the crease and finish the game and therefore the delight was evident amongst the Indian players for a great win after being 72/4 .
Rishabh Pant was awarded the man of the match for his match winning effort and it also included a large bottle of Champagne. A video has got circulated which showed that Rishabh Pant is handing over a bottle of champagne to the former coach Ravi Shastri who was present as a part of the broadcasting team .
It may be recalled that Rishabh Pant made his test debut for India during Shastri’s tenure in England in 2018 test series and scored a great 100 in a chase at the Oval . India lost that game but Pant continued his success under Shastri’s regime with a 159 notout at Sydney in the 2018-19 series down under and India won the series 2-1 for the first time in Australia . Again when India went to Australia in 2020-21 , Pant’s two outstanding knocks of 97 at Sydney and 89 notout at Brisbane became a part of Indian cricket folklore as India won that famous series in Australia against all adversity .
Thus as a part of gratitude towards his former coach , Pant went up to Shastri and handed over a champagne bottle . Watch the video as under .