India’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is turning out to be one of the best in the business. The 23-year-old grabbed the opportunity in both hands and cemented his spot in the Indian Test team set-up. Pant repaid the faith shown by the Indian selectors and the team management.
Pant hogged the limelight when he scored a wonderful 97 in the third Test against Australia at the SCG. The southpaw proved his innings was no fluke by scoring a match-winning 89* at the Gabba. His heroics helped India script a historic series win for the second time on Australian soil.
Since then, Pant became a special player. Fans started admiring him more than ever before. Pant once again earned a spot in the home series against England. The southpaw took his batting to the next level by scoring a sensational 91 in the first Test match against England in Chennai.
The Haridwar-born cricketer scored an impressive 58* in the second Test match at Chepauk Stadium. Apart from his batting skills, he showcased his mettle as a wicketkeeper as well. He took brilliant catches from behind the stumps and effected stumpings at the best scene.
Rishabh Pant chirps Crawley
Zak Crawley was the best batsman for England in the third Test match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. When other batsmen struggled for runs, Crawley went about his business and scored a terrific half-century in the first innings.
However, he couldn’t replicate the same mojo in the fourth and final Test match in Ahmedabad. Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. India’s slow left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel provided a good start by getting rid of Dominic Sibley for 2 runs.
Axar stunned Sibley by making a mess of his stumps. On the other hand, Zak Crawley started his innings at a sedate pace. During the 8th over of England’s innings, Rishabh Pant provoked Crawley by chipping in with some words.
The wicketkeeper chirped Crawley by saying: “Someone is getting angry, Some is getting angry now.” After that, Indian captain Virat Kohli joined the drama and said: “Bad shot coming boys.” The incident took place just before the fifth ball of the 8th over bowled by Axar Patel.
These words certainly distracted Crawley as the latter stepped down the track to play an aerial shot. As it turned out, the ball went high up in the air as Mohammed Siraj took the catch in his safe pair of hands at mid-off.
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Rishabh Pant once again proved why he is ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in terms of chirping and batting. For sure, Pant is the future of Team India. He will be looking forward to performing well in the fourth and final Test match.
Indians restrict England to 205
Indian bowler did their job quite well as they restricted the opposition to a decent total. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 55 with the help of 6 fours and 2 sixes. Daniel Lawrence scored 46 including 8 fours.
On the other hand, Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Team India. He accounted for 4 dismissals while Ravi Ashwin took 3 wickets to his name. Mohammed Siraj took 2 wickets and Washington Sundar settled for 1 wicket. Team India ended the first day with 24/1. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma are batting on 15 and 8 respectively.