Team India will be coming back to the T20Is on Sunday when they will be locking horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in a blockbuster Asia Cup 2022 encounter. This will be the first meeting between both sides since the last year’s T20 World Cup (in men’s cricket), when Babar Azam and hiss men had secured a comprehensive 10-wicket win in Dubai.
Incidentally, the upcoming match between the arch-rivals is scheduled to be taking place at the same venue. A lot has changed in the Indian team since the dismal loss against Pakistan last year, however. While Rohit Sharma succeeded Virat Kohli as captain of the men in blue, the side saw an emergence of multiple young fast bowlers in the squad over the past few months.
Additionally, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik, two players who had been an integral part of the limited-overs squad for quite some time now, also made an impressive comeback to the side in June earlier this year.
Team India landed in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday and the players have been leaving no stone unturned in the training sessions ahead of the electrifying game on Sunday. On Thursday, India’s star wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant also took part in his first training session; towards the end of the net session, however, coach VVS Laxman set Pant a task – to smash Deepak Chahar for as many runs as possible in six deliveries.
Deepak Chahar made some hypothetiplacementscal fielding and started bowling in the nets. Pant was beaten twice before he smashed Chahar for a couple of huge hits which could’ve ended as sixes; on the final delivery, Pant swung his bat again, this time towards mid-wicket. While Laxman raised both his hands to signal a six, Chahar wasn’t too pleased with the decision, and the two indulged in a friendly argument before Pant joined in, making gestures that seemingly suggested that he agreed with Laxman’s decision.
Watch the light-hearted argument in a video shared by journalist Vimal Kumar on his official YouTube channel here:
Chahar is currently one of the standby players in the Asia Cup squad. He made his international return after over six months (away due to injury) in the ODI tour of Zimbabwe, and picked up five wickets in two appearances on the tour. Pant, meanwhile, was rested for the tour but had been an integral part of Indian teams across all formats since the side’s return to cricket after the 2022 Indian Premier League.