The young Indian wicket, Rishabh Pant has often been touted as he can be an apt replacement of former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni whenever the latter decides to hang his boots from international cricket. While Pant has shown some promise in terms of batting, there are some serious matters of concern when it comes to his wicket-keeping abilities and some testimonies of the same were given during the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Earlier in the game, Shikhar Dhawan notched up his highest ODI score of 143 off just 115 balls and had stitched a 193-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma, who was dismissed for 95. Dhawan silenced his critics and hit peak form as his knock of 143 off 115 balls had 18 boundaries and three sixes. India managed to reach a total of 358/9 in their quota of 50 overs.
Coming into the chase, Australia lost Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh in the first overs itself as they were cleaned by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah respectively. Then the partnership of 192 runs between Khawaja and Handscomb started to rise which later broken by Bumrah.
In the 44th over of the chase, Pant made a quite a few mistakes which led to India losing the game. On the very first ball of the over of Yuzvednra Chahal, Pant fumbled with the ball down leg as the ball was drifting in and Ashton Turner was looking to tuck it fine but is overbalanced and well outside the crease, but Rishabh missed the stumping.
On the second ball of the over, Chahal bowled right into the blockhole and Alex Carey only managed to squeeze it out somehow, but the Aussies still got the single as Pant was showing off and threw under-arm quite wide of the stumps. Soon after that, the Mohali crowd started chanting Dhoni! Dhoni! as they thought he attempted to imitate Dhoni.
On the very next ball, Chahal bowled a wide delivery seeing the batsman making room and he was beaten as well and Rishabh dislodged the bails as soon as he fires it wide, beaten. Despite the fact that the on-field umpires decided t review the stumping, Pant asked the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli to review for the caught behind and the latter did as well. In replays, the stumping was looking fine but the snickometer showed a big spike but it was after it passed the bat and the end result is was that the ball was given wide.
Here is the video of the over:
Pant's mistakes…!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9Kpkdox
— Vidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019
Here is the video of crowd’s reaction:
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Here is how Twitterati reacted after Pant’s mistakes:
Just In : We were already 2-1 & if we had won, the last ODI would have been a dead rubber which I didn't want, so happy that last game will also be imp. Dhoni is important for us & if I had powers, I would let him be the Indian WK for life. Pant is still amateur.
– Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/QKrgGWcghO
— TIIMES HOW (@TiimesHow) March 10, 2019
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) March 10, 2019
And Rishabh Pant has proved beyond doubt he isn’t ready yet. 2 stumping missed and one becoming the diff between victory and defeat. Dhoni would hardly miss any.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 10, 2019
MSD being missed behind the stumps. Rishabh Pant looking quite ordinary.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 10, 2019
Chants of “Dhoni… Dhoni” at Mohali as Pant misses a second stumping… pressure! #IndvAus
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) March 10, 2019
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 10, 2019
Rishabh Pant misses the stumping and crowd chants 'Dhoni.. Dhoni'. But its hard on the young man. Let's allow him to get settled in ODI cricket.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 10, 2019
Crowd chanting Dhoni Dhoni mocking Pant?
Calm down clowns
If Dhoni was there, the game would be already over, he would have made 24 off 36 rather than 36 off 24 which pant scored.
— Akki (@CrickPotato1) March 10, 2019
India’s bowing flopped after a long time, rhe fielding went to pieces towards the end, Pant missed out on oppoetunity to make big impact
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019