Former India player and cricket commentator Gautam Gambhir criticized Rishabh Pant for his style of batting during ongoing India vs South Africa 2nd Test in Johannesburg. Rishabh Pant got out for a three-ball duck during the 2nd innings of the match when India were railing at 164-4 and needed a good partnership.
However, Rishabh Pant came up with another flop show as he tried to attack from the start itself. After two dots balls, the wicketkeeper-batsman tried to play a rash shot on Kagiso Rabada’s delivery. While going for a big one at extra cover, he was caught behind by Kyle Verreynne with an outside edge.
Rishabh Pant Should Have Fight In That Situation: Gautam Gambhir
While speaking about the match on Star Sports, former India opener Gautam Gambhir was not pleased with Rishabh Pant’s tactics while batting. He said that he would have liked the left-handed batsman to fight in the situation.
“The easier thing to do is to keep sledging someone and the toughest thing is what you have to face when you have a bat in your hand. I would have liked Rishabh to probably fight in that situation rather than stepping out and going for a big one,” the former India batter said.
Gautam Gambhir also asserted that this is not the way one should play Test cricket. He also points out that Indian batsmen should learn a lot from South Africa skipper Dean Elgar.
“Disappointment is a very, very understated word to be honest because this is not how you should play Test cricket. Test cricket is about learning a lot from Dean Elgar and that’s the reason I have said that a lot of young Indian batters can learn a lot from Dean Elgar as well because when you play against world-class bowlers, they are not going to give you easy runs,” Gautam Gambhir further maintained.
While chasing a target of 240 in the final innings, South Africa skipper Dean Elgar has shown impressive batting so far. With his unbeaten 46 off 121 balls on Day 4, he took his team to 118-2 at the stumps. Now, the home side needs 122 more runs to win with 8 wickets in hand on the final day.
At the start of 2nd innings, India trailed by 27 runs. With a 111-run partnership for 3rd wicket by Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, India reached a good position at one stage with 155-2 on the scoreboard. However, three back-to-back wickets in the form of Rahane, Pujara, and Pant gave a big blow to Indian batting. In the end, India finished with 266-10 on the scoreboard, setting up a 240-run target for South Africa.
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