The Indian National Cricket team went down in the fourth ODI against Australia by four wickets after some sloppy field work, especially by their young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, Pant came into the playing XI in place of MS Dhoni, who the selectors decided to rest in a bid to manage his workload.
This is the last lifeline for the young wicket-keeper from Delhi to seal a World Cup berth. Although he played a cameo of 36 runs from 24 balls, Rishabh Pant’s glovework was below standard. There have been talks regarding the wicket-keeping standards of Pant, and it was once again to the forefront. It was a missed opportunity that handed the game to Australia from the jaws of defeat. Moreover, the men blues have been sloppy in the field in the last two games which can be a waking call for them ahead of the pinnacle tournament. It’s high time they need to pull their socks; otherwise, it will hurt them badly in crucial encounters.
The Mohali encounter witnessed huge turnouts despite a ray of cloud over the future of the game after the recent Pulwama attack. The fans also involved themselves the game as the passion was evident when the game was about to run away from the hand of Virat Kohli & Co. During those vital moments, a fan from the stands urged the Indian skipper to call MS Dhoni after some errors from Rishabh Pant.
“Virat bhai, Dhoni ko bulao (call Dhoni),” a fan said in the video.
Watch the video here:
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Meanwhile, the visiting team have staged a stunning comeback to level terms in the series. After going 2-0 in the series, Aaron Finch & Co won two back to back games to make it 2-2 with the series decider going to take place in Delhi on March 13.
India, batting first, posted 358 runs banking on a 193-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. While Dhawan completed his 16th ODI hundred, Sharma fell six runs short. But the Aussies had the better of the India bowlers as blinder from Ashton Turner took the game away from the host.