There is a saying that says, “There is not always a bed of roses”. This proverb perfectly corresponds to an incident that happened once in the life of Indian southpaw and wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant. Pant is an aggressive batsman who can change the face of the game any minute and the player is leading the Delhi Capitals team this time around.
The player, while talking to Jemima Rodrigues, revealed what was in Team India during the Test series against the Australian team. During the Sydney Test series, in the first innings, Pant recalled a major blow to his elbow, after which the player was unable to move his hand due to severe pain. See what the player has to say in his own words,
“I got my first chance in the second match where I scored 27-30 odd in both innings. Decent start for me because I was always under pressure after coming back from there, and we won the match. We made a comeback in the series. In the third match, we went there. We were under pressure; they gave us some 400 something. The injury happened in the first innings. He bowled a bounce, it kept low and it hit my elbow and I was unable to move my hand in the first innings. I didn’t keep in the second innings. Wriddhi Bhai did all the keeping”
He went on further adding,
“We went for a scan and it was a bone bruise. It wasn’t a major injury, but it was very painful. We were talking to the physios because I had to bat, by hook or by crook. So we decided to take an injection to help with the pain. We have to see in the nets obviously, at first. So, I took the painkiller injection during the game, went to the nets and I was trying to hold the bat but it was paining. I couldn’t hold my bat properly. After this, there’s Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and they will be bowling a lot faster,”
Rishabh Pant revealed the mounting pressure that he had upon him with no other option for him than playing for which he took injections and painkillers, just to reduce the pain. He recalls being saying to himself, stating, “You have to do this, you have no other choice” and so on.
“I was just telling myself, ‘You have to do this, there is no choice.’ Firstly, there was no intention of winning the match. The first goal was to draw because it was the last day and we needed 400 runs. Then there was an idea of making me bat at No.5 because I was injured and even if I got out then the batters to come could still look to remake. It was still paining and on top of that I took a painkiller pill too,”
Eventually, Rishabh somehow put in all his might and came out to bat and played brilliant innings of 97 runs to take his team a step forward towards winning the game. While scoring these runs, Cheteshwar Pujara was his partner in the crease. Later, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin spread their magic with the bat, which led to the match being led to a draw.
Pant revealed that, after playing his fantasy game, he forgot all his pain, as the success in the end far outweighed the pain of the player.
From this incident, we will again use a famous proverb and say at the end, “without pain there is no gain”.