Watch: Rishabh Pant's Sledge Affects Zak Crawley's Concentration As The Opener Perishes The Next Ball

Watch: Rishabh Pant’s Sledge Affects Zak Crawley’s Concentration As The Opener Perishes The Next Ball

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Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s antics behind the stumps have been a constant talking point in the ongoing four-match Test series against England. Rishabh Pant’s jovial nature has been mighty effective in unsettling the visitors and energizing the Indian bowlers in times of their struggles. The 23-year old’s words behind the wickets plotted Zak Crawley’s downfall in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.

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After dismissing Dom Sibley in the first over of his spell, Axar Patel got the better of his opening partner, Zak Crawley, too. Crawley, who struck a fluent fifty in the pink-ball Test, tried to be positive against the left-arm spinner and to disturb the left-arm spinner’s plans. The right-handed batsman tried using his feet against Patel; however, he could not clear the boundary.

India, England, Zak Crawley, Axar Patel
Zak Crawley [Image Credit: BCCI]
Instead, the English batsman spooned a catch to fast bowler Mohammed Siraj at mid-off. Nevertheless, as Crawley tried using his feet even before, Rishabh Pant began his mind games against Crawley. The ball before the elegant right-hander departed, Pant remarked from behind the stumps, “someone is getting angry now”, pointing out the batsman’s frustrations against Patel.

Not only did England lose Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, but they also lost skipper Joe Root, who was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj via an inswinger. Nevertheless, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes have weathered the storm by building a 45-run stand to lead a reasonably good recovery.

Below is the video of Rishabh Pant’s sledging leading to Zak Crawley’s dismissal: