After Virat Kohli’s first toss win in Tests in England, the Indian skipper uttered the words “we will bat first” in Edgbaston, conditions which has immemorial aided the bowling side. His decision quickly came under the scanner as the visitors were reduced to 4/2 after the fourth over of the innings. 4/2 turned into 58/5, with the Indian side eventually shot out for a paltry total of 78.
In the post-day press conference, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant stated that the visitors could have shown better application with the bat on the first day of the third Test.
"It's part and parcel of the game. Every day the batting unit is giving hundred per cent but sometimes it doesn't go well," Pant stated.
"I don't think so (if batting first was a tricky move) Whatever decision we take, we take as a team. So, once we have decided we are going to bat first, we are going to back our decision. Yes, we could have applied much better but we can't keep on thinking too much about the toss.”
The 23-year-old also added that the wicket early on in the Test was on the softer side, which was exploited well by the Three Lions’ bowling unit. However, the youngster wasn’t too fazed with the outcome, stating that the team will learn from the mistakes and move on.
"In the morning, the wicket was slightly on the softer side and they bowled in good areas. We could have applied ourselves better. We can learn from it and only move on. That's all we can do as cricketers. You learn from your mistakes and improve," he added.
Over the last year, the left-handed batsman has been called upon action multiple times to rescue his side from trouble. Pant put it down to looking at the collapses as an opportunity for him to showcase his skillset and bail the team out of trouble.
"As a cricketer, I don't think in that manner. Whatever be the situation, you think about the team first and what you can do in that situation," he said.
"...if the top-order collapses and you get an opportunity, I see it as an opportunity that if you can bail the team out of that situation, you are going to do wonders in your life, as a cricketer," he explained his perspective.
"I see it as an opportunity to move on. I am not thinking too much about pressure as at the end of the day, everyone is thinking good for the team. So we need to take everything on our chin rather than thinking about pressure."