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WC 2019: Yuvraj Singh Takes A Dig At Kevin Pietersen For Criticizing Rishabh Pant
By CricShots - Jul 11, 2019 7:06 pm
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The veteran cricketers, Kevin Pietersen, and Yuvraj Singh were seen getting engaged in a Twitter banter after the former England batsman slammed Rishabh Pant. Pant had the chance to take India home on Wednesday when he came out to bat for Team India against New Zealand in the first semifinal. India was reeling at 5-3 after the first four overs.

Rishabh Pant

Things further worsened further when Dinesh Karthik also got dismissed cheaply to leave India 4 down for 24. Pant and Hardik Pandya then stopped the rot for a while. The two could not score runs at a decent pacer but made sure to keep their wickets intact. But soon after Rishabh was looking settled, he decided to smash the ball in the air against Mitchell Santner only to get departed. 

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The youngster had already done the hard work and only had to capitalize from that, but just a small mistake cost him his wicket as he departed after scoring 32. Pietersen was not at all impressed with Pant’s shot selection and took to Twitter to slam him. The former England skipper called the shot pathetic as he wrote: “How many times have we seen @RishabPant777 do that?????!!!!! The very reason he wasn’t picked initially! Pathetic!”

However, Yuvraj was quick to reply as he defended his compatriot. The legendary all-rounder said that Rishabh is still young and will learn, writing: “He’s played 8 Odis! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all! However, we all are entitled to share our opinions”.

Pietersen agreed with Yuvraj as he said his reaction came out of frustration, as he wrote: “My criticism comes out of frustration because of how good he is, mate. He does it sooooo many times! Let’s hope he learns FAST!”

Meanwhile, India lost the game by 18 runs. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni struck fighting fifties but their efforts were just not enough for India to go over the line.