Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant revealed that he had to change his batting stance during the third Test against England after he was approached by the on-field umpire.
On Wednesday, India were bowled out for 78 in the first innings after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. England bowlers led by James Anderson were in a different mood, looking to avenge the humiliation they faced at Lord’s more than a week ago.
I didn’t do that the next ball and you move on: Rishabh Pant
Pant himself failed to score up to his potential as he was dismissed by Ollie Robinson while playing a loose shot that ended in his counterpart Jos Buttler’s hands. During India’s innings, the umpire asked Pant to not bat from outside the crease and the wicket-keeper obeyed the orders as he changes his position.
“Because I was standing outside the crease and my front foot was coming into the danger area, so he (the umpire) told me that you can’t stand there,” Pant said in a virtual post-day press conference on Wednesday.
“So, I have (had) to change my stance, but as a cricketer, I don’t have to think too much about that because it’s everyone who is going to do that, umpires are going to say the same thing. I didn’t do that the next ball and you move on,” he added.
We can learn from it and only move on: Rishabh Pant
Earlier when Pant was asked if India’s decision to bat first after winning the toss was a tricky move, the wicket-keeper denied those claims and said it was a collective decision which they failed to uphold. Pant also said they could have applied themselves much better than what they displayed.
“I don’t think so. It’s part and parcel of the game. Every day the batting unit is giving hundred percent but sometimes it doesn’t go well,” Pant said in a virtual press conference after the play of Day 1.
“In the morning, the wicket was slightly on the softer side and they bowled in good areas. We could have applied ourselves better. We can learn from it and only move on. That’s all we can do as cricketers. You learn from your mistakes and improve.
“Whatever decision we take, we take as a team. So once we have decided we are going to bat first, we are going to back our decision. Yes we could have applied much better but we can’t keep on thinking too much about the toss,” he added.
England were 120/0 at the end of the day’s play and they hold a 42-run lead in the first innings.