The Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant was chirping a lot on the opening day of the ongoing fourth Test between Australia and India on Friday. He was quite vocal behind the stumps, egging the bowlers on at every given opportunity. However, the wicketkeeper also provided some comical relief to his teammates, especially to those standing in the slip cordon. In the final session of the day, Pant did his best, as he was seen pleading to the skipper Ajinkya Rahane to got for the DRS.
There were no takers despite Pant’s insistence, but his plea made some people laugh, especially on vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s face. Rohit just couldn’t resist having a laugh at Pant’s antics behind the stumps. T Natarajan, who was making his Test debut, had beaten the outside edge of Tim Paine’s bat in the 84th over and Pant was the only one who went up for a shout for a possible caught behind against the Australia captain.
Cricket Australia took to Twitter to share the video of the light moment that left the Indian slip cordon in splits. Tweeting about the same, cricket.com.au. wrote: “Rishabh Pant was heaps keen on this one but he was getting donuts from the cordon”.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021
Earlier in the day, Tim Paine had decided to win the toss after winning the toss at the Gabba. Injury-ridden India fielded four fresh faces in the final Test of the four-match series, as they had to hand, maiden Test caps to Natarajan and Washington Sundar. Mohammed Siraj struck in the very first over as David Warner edged one to Rohit Sharma in slips.
Shardul Thakur then got the wicket of the opener, Marcus Harris before Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne built a solid partnership for the hosts. Sundar got his maiden Test wicket in the form of Steve Smith who chipped one off his pads straight to Rohit Sharma at short mid-wicket. Natarajan picked up a couple of wickets before the close of play as Australia took control of the proceedings at Stumps on Day 1.