The young Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant once again turned a lot of eyeballs with his funny commentary from behind the stumps. He was caught on the stump mic when India locked horns with England in the warm-up match at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. At the start of the 11th over, when R Ashwin was about to start the over, Rishabh Pant was heard speaking Hindi while tempting the veteran spinner to try out his leg spin.
Rishabh Pant was hilarious with his voice and the manner in which he said, “Armaan Pura karne ka Yahi mauka hai. Leg spin karne ka. Mauka bhi hai, dastoor bhi hai (It’s a great opportunity to fulfill your desire to bowl leg-spin)”. Rishabh Pant was urging Ashwin, who has returned to India’s limited-overs squad after a gap of four years, to experiment with his leg-spin and other variations because this is a practice match.
Here is the video of the incident:
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The intent was clear from the English batters from the word go as their openers Jos Buttler and Jason Roy gave a flying start to the team, first attacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar and then Mohammed Shami with powerful and innovative strokes before Shami managed to get the wickets of both the openers in the first six over as England ended the powerplay at 51/2.
Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow then took up the mantle. The left-hander took boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin while the right-hander hammered Rahul Chahar. The leg-spinner then got the crucial wicket of Dawid Malan.
Enter Liam Livingstone, who utterly took apart Chahar, smoking him for four boundaries and a maximum before getting yorked by Shami. Jonny Bairstow on the other end has continued batting in his unpredictable approach. India eventually won the game with an over to spare.