Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant and South African batter Rassie van der Dussen engaged in a heated argument when the left-hander came out to bat during India’s second innings on day three of the ongoing second Test between the two sides at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Van der Dussen had been dismissed during the Proteas first innings caught behind by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Shardul Thakur at the stroke of the tea interval. Thakur brought a ball inside sharply and Van der Dussen inside-edged the delivery which was pounced by Rishabh Pant in front of him. The on-field umpire gave the right-hander out and he walked back to the pavilion without any questions on the decision or the catch.
However, while the two teams were taking a break, replays emerged which suggested that the ball might have bounced in front of Pant before landing in his gloves. Multiple replays from different angles showed contradicting results. The front replay suggested that the ball might have bounced in front of Pant before landing in his gloves. The side on replays showed that the catch was clean.
In the end, the decision stood, though the Proteas captain Dean Elgar and team manager Khomotso Masubelele met with the match officials to discuss the dismissal during the break.
Rishabh Pant Asks Rassie Van Der Dussen To Shut His Mouth While Arguing About The Catch
While it was believed that the matter was done and dusted, the South African batter Rassie van der Dussen decided to poke Rishabh Pant when the keeper came to bat. He argued with Pant about the legality of the catch and the stump mic heard Rishabh Pant asking Van der Dussen to shut his mouth if he had half-knowledge of things.
The incident happened at the end of the 38th over, it seemed as if van der Dussen got into Pant’s ears with his controversial catch the previous day, and by the looks of it, reminded the India wicketkeeper of it.
Not the one to take things, especially unnecessary banter like this lightly, Rishabh Pant can be heard saying on the stump mic: “If you have half knowledge, then keep your mouth shut”.
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Meanwhile, the Indian innings folded for 266 runs, setting South Africa a target of 240 to win the Test and level the series 1-1. Rishabh Pant made a three-ball duck in that innings.