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Feels great when you score runs and team wins: Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 25, 2019, 05.37 PM (IST)

India's wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has given enough proof of why he should be on the World Cup-bound plane to England as he smashed 78 runs off 27 balls to power Delhi to a 37-run win over Mumbai in their opener match of Indian Premier League 2019 on Sunday. 

Pant struck seven towering sixes and as many fours at a Wankhede Stadium that was made to look like a tiny ground left the Mumbai bowlers. 

After winning the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance, Pant said, "It's been a great journey, trying to learn every day in my cricketing career."

He added, "Always a great feeling when you score runs and the team wins. I always bat according to the situation all the time." 

The 21-year-old also said that he is "glad" to bat at any position his team wants him to which can be taken into consideration when team India look to fixate its number four position in the World Cup squad. 

"Well, I am glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to," said Pant. 

Asked about his rapid rise to the top, he said, "It's been a great journey, I'm trying to learn every day of my cricketing career. It feels good when your team wins. I always play according to the situation most of the time. 

"This time I needed to increase the run rate for the team, and I took my chances, and it came off today. Especially in T20, you have to do something different. When the bowler cramps you for room, you need to make your own room." 

During the post-match presentation, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer spoke highly of Pant's performance. 

Iyer said, "(Pant) is a really destructive batsman. Over the years I've seen him maturing a lot. He faced a few dot balls early on and then suddenly his strike rate was 250. Amazing batsman, great to have him on our team." 

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Pant struck seven towering sixes and as many fours at a Wankhede Stadium that was made to look like a tiny ground left the Mumbai bowlers.