After the fifth and final T20I against South Africa got abandoned due to rain, India skipper Rishabh Pant issued a warning to England and said that he will be looking forward to contributing more with the bat in the upcoming Test match against the hosts in Birmingham.
With the match getting abandoned, the series stays level at 2-2 and will be shared by both sides.
“There are a lot of positives. The way the team showed character from 0-2 down was a huge positive. We are in a nice spot as we are finding different ways to win the game. I can only think about giving my 100 per cent as a player and captain. It is for you guys to decide on how I am doing as a player and captain, I can only focus on giving my 100 per cent every time I go on the field and keep improving,” said Pant after the match got abandoned.
“This is the first time I have lost so many tosses, but it is not in my control. We will be keen to win the Test we are going to play in England and from a personal point of view I am keen to contribute more to the team with the bat,” he added.
Team India and England will be facing each other for the fifth Test on July 1, which earlier got abandoned in 2021 due to COVID-19. Following that, both the teams will also play three ODIs and three T20Is.
Before the action was interrupted by rain, India were 28/2 in 3.3 overs, with Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh Pant (1*).
Put to bat first by South Africa, India was off to a bad start. Under the first four overs openers, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad were back in the hut after scoring 15 and 10 runs respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi gave a big blow to the Men in Blue as he dismissed both the openers under the powerplay.
Notably, in the 4th match of the series, India defeated the Proteas by 82 runs to level the series. Put to bat first, India posted 169/6 in their 20 overs, largely powered by the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In reply, SA was bundled out for just 87. Avesh Khan was the star for Men in Blue with the ball, taking 4/18.
India will now be squaring off against Ireland for a two-match T20I series on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin.