Indian wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant is known for his chatter from behind the stumps. The flamboyant batter loves to get into the head of the batsmen with his usual chirps from behind. Many times, Pant’s funny remarks have been caught in the stump pic giving the audience a dose of entertainment along with the action on the field. The same happened during the second T20I between India and England on Saturday.
During the first over of the Indian innings, Pant ran a quick single after defending the ball on the third ball of the over. As he quickly rushed to the other end, bowler David Willey came in his path unknowingly as he was watching the ball being collected by the fielder. After completing the run, Pant was heard saying to the Indian Captain Rohit Sharma, “Ye beech me aa gaya tha, takkar maar doon kya?” which translates to ‘The bowler came in my way, should I hit him to make him move?’
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Rishabh Pant asking " takkar mardu kya" 😭😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/4I4bIEx0ZJ
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The decision of the team management of sending Pant to open the innings didn’t work well as the batter could only manage 26 off 15 balls as he hit four fours and a six. The duo of Pant and Rohit were involved in a partnership of 49 off 29 balls. The batter’s inability to grab the opportunities in the T20Is is a cause of worry as he averages just 23 with 3 half-centuries to his name after playing 43 innings.
The keeper-batter is facing tough competition from other competitors like Dinesh Karthik who has stormed his way back into the Indian team after his stupendous performances in this year’s Indian T20 League. Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are also making strong statements through their performances in the matches they played. The team management is hell-bent on backing Pant at least till this year’s 20-20 world cup if the batter fails to impress till then they might look for alternatives.
Coming back to the match, the Indian team managed to reach 170 in their allotted 20 overs. England bowlers were on song led by the debutant Richard Gleeson and Chris Jordan who picked up three and four wickets respectively. The Indian bowlers managed to successfully defend the target as they thrashed England by 49 runs clinching the three-match series by 2-0. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah picked up two.