Rishabh Pant was seen getting some brotherly love from Rohit Sharma during the second day’s play in the ongoing second Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India has gotten the upper hand in the entire match.
India made merry in the first innings after Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat. With Rohit Sharma making 161 and Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant making half-centuries, India posted 329 runs on the board.
Then Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel got into the act and England could only manage 134 runs in their first innings. Ravichandran Ashwin ended with figures of 5/43, while Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma picked 2 wickets apiece. Mohammed Siraj, playing his first Test at home, picked a wicket off his first ball, having Ollie Pope caught by Rishabh Pant, who took an amazing catch down the leg side.
Rohit Sharma Gives A Loving Smack On Rishabh Pant’s Head During Wicket Celebration
Indian team seemed extremely relaxed as they got the wickets of dangerous Dom Sibley, Joe Root and Ben Stokes for relatively cheaper runs, and this showed in the way they celebrated wickets. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the most expressive players on the field, and the Mumbaikar showed his fun side again.
Ravichandran Ashwin made Olly Stone play a false shot towards the leg side and Rohit Sharma pouched a simple catch in England’s first innings, during the 50th over. As the players gathered to celebrate the wicket, Rohit Sharma was seen smacking wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on the head in a loving way. This might have to be due to Pant’s constant chirping from behind the stumps that have kept everyone entertained.
Here is a video of the incident:
Rohit to Pant in dressing room: pic.twitter.com/A4QsutZkDs
— Sourav Root (@s0urav27) February 15, 2021
Meanwhile, in the second innings, India has marched ahead of what England would have liked them to. Already building on a 195-run lead, thanks to Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin’s half-centuries, India has amassed a lead of over 400 by the time of writing this piece, at tea. For England, Moeen Ali has been the pick of the bowlers, picking four wickets in the first innings and scalping four more in the second innings as well.