Rishabh Pant came up with his first ever ODI century against England in the third ODI, and what a century it was. Coming on to bat at 21-2 and watching India struggle at 72-4, the Haridwar-born produced a sensational knock of 125 off of 113 balls to win India the match. With Hardik Pandya, the southpaw strung a 133-run partnership to hand India the match as well as the ODI series.
Twitter was awash with users calling it one of the greatest centuries in a run chase and using other adjectives for Pant. One cryptic tweet however has caught the eye of many and people are scrambling to make sense of the tweet.
The tweet in question was made by Indian ex-player, Yuvraj Singh, who wrote, “Looks like the 45-minute conversation made sense!! Well played @RishabhPant17 that’s how you pace your innings @hardikpandya7 great to watch #indiavseng.”
Match-winner, Pant quoted the tweet and replied, “It did, indeed, Yuvi pa” with a wink emoji. Fans are trying to make sense of who the person, Pant had a 45-minute conversation with.
Pant, who was named the Player of the Match, was beaming with pride in the post-match conference and said, “Hopefully I remember (this knock) for the rest of my life. I was focusing on one ball at a time when I was batting. When your team is under pressure and you bat like that .. something I aspire to do,” said a happy Pant.
Hardik Pandya was handed the Player of the Series award for his contribution with the ball as well as bat. In the ODI series, the right-handed all-rounder made 100 runs and took six wickets.
He spoke at length about his partnership with Rishabh Pant in the post-match interview. The Gujarat captain said, “I was just repeating the same thing over and over again, it was important that we do not take any risks. The kind of talent Rishabh has and the kind of talent I have, without risks we can score runs.”
“It was about not losing any wicket, there was just one way through which England could have come back that was if we lost wickets in a cluster. I was repeating the same thing, to build a partnership and bring the match close,” added Pandya.