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Twitter not happy with Rishabh Pant batting at number 11 in the practice game

He remained unbeaten on 34 as India posted 395 runs on the board.

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Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant of India A bats. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant has been awarded for his sparkling performances for India A during their England tour by the selectors by picking him in the squad for the upcoming Test series. He is a serious talent and should be given more opportunities to prove himself at the highest level. If the ongoing practice game between India and Essex is anything to go by, it seems that he will be benched at least for the series opener at Edgbaston.

The left-hander was sent in to bat at number 11 by the visitors on Thursday which has left the fans fuming. Though he tried to make the most of the opportunity and went on to score 34 runs off just 26 deliveries with 6 hits to the fence. His knock also helped India to post a total of 395 runs after they had lost three quick wickets in the morning after resuming at 322/6.

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Pant added 41 runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the last wicket and clearly proved that his selection in the team is not a fluke. As of now, it seems unlikely that he will be included in the playing XI ahead of the Test specialists. But his performance in the practice game should give confidence to the team management that they can hand him a debut later in the series.

Twitter outrage

Rishabh Pant coming out to bat after the likes of Karun Nair and Jadeja didn’t go down well with the Twitterati as they lashed out at the tactics of the Indian team. While many are resigned to the fact that he will only carry drinks during the Test series, few were of the opinion that he should’ve opened the innings instead of Shikhar Dhawan who is not having a great record in overseas Tests.

It remains to be seen if Pant has done enough to don the white jersey for his country on August 1. He has been in amazing form for India A and it will be a bold move from the visitors if he earns a Test cap in Birmingham next week.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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