Hyderabad: The current Indian Wicket-keeper for the limited over formats, Rishabh Pant showed signs of comeback as he scored a gritty 71 against the Westindies in the first ODI at Chennai on Sunday.

The West-Indies skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and put India to bat as India were off to a slow start. The Windies bowled in good areas as India were down to 25/2 with Virat Kohli out for 4.

Rohit Sharma played well for his 36 but got out to Alzarri Joseph. Rishab Pant then walked out to bat at No.5 after a string of low scores.

Rishabh and Shreyas stuck in the middle and built a stable partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking. Rishabh played the attacking role besides Shreyas being the stable one.

Virat and team once again backed Rishabh Pant and he delivered this time. He played some sensible cricket shots by not throwing his wicket away and scored his maiden ODI fifty.

Although the innings didn’t last long as a result of yet another mishit by Rishabh, he made sure he contributed to the team’s total of 288 with his 71.

Are these the signs of a stable future? Is Rishabh the answer for India’s middle order questions? Only time will say.

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