The young Indian wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant was mercilessly trolled for his wicketkeeping skills in the first T20I against Bangladesh, but the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly will mature with time. The former Indian skipper urged the fans to be patient with Pant as he is still in the learning phase.
When asked if India is missing former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni behind the stumps, Ganguly said, “He’s a superb player. Give Rishabh Pant time, he will be fine. He will mature slowly, you have to give him time. India played really well last night.”
Pant, who had a forgettable outing in Delhi due to his DRS howlers, was at the receiving end in Rajkot as well. After India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first in his 100th T20I match, Liton Das and Mohammad Naim gave Bangladesh a solid start. In the 6th over which was bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, Liton Das came down the track but was totally beaten by the turn.
It was an easy stumping chance for Pant, but the delivery was declared a no-ball. Third umpire Anil Chaudhary gave a lifeline to Liton Das as Pant had grabbed the ball slightly in front of the stumps. As expected, fans trolled Rishabh Pant and asked for the return Dhoni, who is enjoying a sabbatical from cricket.
However, Pant redeemed himself as he ran Liton Das out in the 8th over for 29 runs. Then in the 13th over, Pant managed another stumping when he stumped Soumya Sarkar and it looked very close this time as well. The giant screen showed Sarkar was not out but the decision was changed to out just seconds later.
As far as the series is concerned, Rohit helped India level the series 1-1 with Bangladesh as the hosts won the match by 8 wickets. The 3rd and final T20I will be played in Nagpur on Sunday.