In the first clash between India and Pakistan on August 28, the Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant missed the game as Dinesh Karthik took his place. After an injury to Ravindra Jadeja and long planning with coach Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma announced that they have decided to bring back Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, and Ravi Bishnoi into the playing eleven for the first time in two matches at the Asia Cup 2022.
However, Rishabh Pant failed to perform as per the expectations, and later on, it was seen that the skipper and left-hander got into some argument after his dismissal in the dressing room during India vs Pakistan Super 4s clash on Sunday (September 4). Team India’s skipper was not happy with Rishabh Pant’s batting approach and it was seen that he was angry with the batter when he returned to the dressing after getting out.
Hardik Pandya, who starred during the previous clash between the two teams, got out for a two-ball duck. Pandya, facing fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain, tried to just flick a short ball into the mid-wicket region. But, he ended up ballooning the ball straight to Mohammad Nawaz at short mid-wicket, and the all-rounder did the rest by completing a neat catch.
— 𝓒𝓱𝓲𝓴𝓾 (@Chiku2324) September 4, 2022
Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to field first. Mohammed Hasnain came in place of Shahnawaz Dahani, who was ruled out of the contest with a side strain.
On the other hand, India had a total of 3 changes – out of which 2 were forced. Ravindra Jadeja is out of the tournament due to a knee injury while Avesh Khan is down with a fever. Dinesh Karthik was dropped from the XI, with the team management needing a southpaw like Rishabh Pant.
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Here is how the fans reacted:
Failure No.56 in T20i For Pant they avoided Sanju Samson 45 avg and 160 strike rate in T20i this year. Indian Team will remove anybody for their Pet Boy Rishabh Pant at the cost of destroying Sanju Samson’s career & life #AsiaCupT20 #INDvsPAK #IndiaVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/yXY7vzPH0y
— Roshmi 💗 (@cric_roshmi) September 4, 2022
— Rishabh pant fan club (@rishabpantclub) September 4, 2022
Aisa kyu lg rha Rohit Pant ko Peet ke aaya hai
— Dr. Placebo ⚕️ (@Lucknowie) September 4, 2022
— Hariom Thakkar👨⚕️🩺⚕️ (@Hariom_0702) September 4, 2022