On the eve of the first T20I against West Indies, India skipper Virat Kohli had pointed out that it was a great opportunity for young Rishabh Pant to make a mark. This is the first time, Pant has got a chance in a limited-overs series as a first choice wicketkeeper. A good display against West Indies will only enhance his ever-growing reputation.
“It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli had said before the first T20I against West Indies. “We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team.”
However, Pant, on Saturday, pretty much left his captain red-faced with his disgusting batting. India were two down for 32 when Rishabh Pant walked out to bat. With the target being a modest 96, Pant had all the time in the world to test himself out against the reigning world champions. However, the youngster, who is known for his unorthodox approach, went for a wild heave on the very first ball he faced and ended up offering an easy catch.
And as soon as Pant departed for a golden duck, the Indian cricketing fraternity took a jibe at him for his careless attitude.
Here are some of the reactions on Rishabh Pant’s horrible batting:
When will Rishabh Pant learn? 🤔#WIvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 3, 2019
If Pant has to be Dhoni’s rightful successor, he’s got to learn to respect his own talent
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 3, 2019
While India wins this and leads 1-0, I have to say I am disappointed with Rishabh Pant. Really want him to respect the game a little more. Conditions, opponents and value the opportunities he is getting. Talent without performance is nothing.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 3, 2019
Rishabh Pant is the reason why Virat Kohli still want MS Dhoni in the team. #INDvWI
— Sunil The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) August 3, 2019
Ishan kishan ko bolo ready rahne ke liye agli series me
— Ashish (@iamAshishKohli) August 3, 2019
— Chintan Buch (@chintanjbuch) August 3, 2019
— I Tweet Stuffs (@KhabriBiggstFan) August 3, 2019
— Gagan Agrawal (@GaganAgrawal02) August 3, 2019
Talking about the game, India won the low-scoring contest in Florida by 4 wickets to take the lead in the three-match series. A fine bowling performance helped India restrict West Indies to just 95 for 9. Navdeep Saini impressed on his debut, picking up 3 for 17 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 2 for 19. In reply, India chased down the total in the 18th over by losing six wickets.