Twitterati roasts Rishabh Pant after his sloppy glove-work in Mohali
Virat Kohli also rued the missed chances in the field.
Published - Mar 11, 2019 12:43 pm
Updated - Mar 11, 2019 12:50 pm
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant came under heavy backlash in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali on Sunday after he missed a series of chances to dismiss the opponent batsmen as the Kangaroos went on to successfully chase down a target of 350-plus. The 21-year-old, who played in just three ODIs before this match, was picked ahead of the experienced Dinesh Karthik in the series to show his potential and secure a birth in India’s World Cup squad. Pant came into the side in place of MS Dhoni who was rested.
Pant, who kept wickets in the ODIs for the first time in Mohali, scored 36 runs off 24 balls as India scored 358 for 9 in 50 overs after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat. He was playing in his first game of the series but fumbled at key moments that allowed the visiting team to gain an upper hand. Pant was roasted by Twitterati which wanted the return of MS Dhoni and Karthik.
While the Indian keeper missed a catch off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal, he also missed two stumping chances off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav. In one of the misses, Pant also tried to pull off a Dhoni-style dismissal by not looking at the stumps but failed to hit the stumps, even conceding a single to the Aussie batsmen. The spectators in Mohali chanted ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ while Kohli was visibly upset.
Pant missed to stump centurion Handscomb
Among the batsmen who were let off by Pant was Peter Handscomb who scored 117 off 105 deliveries to keep Australia in the hunt of the mammoth target. However, it was Ashton Turner’s unbeaten 43-ball-84 (his first international fifty) that saw Australia giving the final touches to the memorable chase and they overhauled the target with over two overs to spare.
When asked about India’s failed stumping chances in the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “Crucial (about the stumping chance), we were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances.”
Karthik’s omission from the squad for India’s final international series before the WC was seen by many as his ouster from the final squad that will play the WC. However, after Pant’s debacle on Sunday, the veteran wicket-keeper-batsman could be back into the reckoning.
Here are some of the reactions the Twitterati came up with:
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) March 10, 2019
— Manish Kumar 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@ManishK48492830) March 10, 2019
What a scene here at Mohali !
Rishabh Pant tried to copy Dhoni’s style but failed & the Crowd Started Chanting Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni!!!!!!
Everyone Missing Dhoni Today!#INDvAUS
— Akshit Sharma (@ShrmaGka_Ladka) March 10, 2019
— 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒 (@tazaa_samachar) March 10, 2019
Everyone can't be Dhoni !
Rishabh Pant is looking like a fool here!#IndvsAus
— Shekhar 🇮🇳 (@Shekhar_O7) March 10, 2019
— Sanket D. Patil (@San4u8793) March 10, 2019
— Rahul Kumar (@rkumarrai96) March 11, 2019
Don't compare Rishabh pant with MS Dhoni🙏, MS Dhoni is irreplaceable😊 @BCCI
— Ayan Sharma (@AyanSha38716777) March 10, 2019
MS Dhoni to Rishabh Pant
"Mere jaise kapde pehan kr tu MS Dhoni dikh to sakta hai par ban nhi sakta."#INDvAUS
— Silver Knight विप्र (@dancerno13) March 10, 2019
— Dhruvin (@Dhruvin4599) March 10, 2019
— Seema (@seemauoh) March 11, 2019
MS Dhoni To Rishabh Pant After His Performance in Yesterday's Match – pic.twitter.com/UUXcy57Xkx
— Sanni Keshri 🔥💞 (@Sanskari_jija) March 11, 2019
Aaj Rishabh pant Ko pata lag Gaya hoga agar sher ki jagah Lene se koi sher nahi ban jata! shar Jese shikar karne se pahele hard parctice karni padti he , aese hi match khelne se koi sher ni Banta ! Dhoni sher he and Wahi rahega😎#INDvAUS respect ms Dhoni
— Hitesh (@Hitesh62669865) March 11, 2019
Thala we miss you @msdhoni
— Rubanraj C (@rubanrajc) March 10, 2019
Rishabh pant trying to become
*le dhoni: pic.twitter.com/8eNK5nh9EJ
— Karan Solanki (@The_memes_wala) March 10, 2019
— Not That Guy (@Love_You_SRK_) March 10, 2019
Do you remember ?
Rishabh pant had been challenging MS dhoni in IPL ad 😂
— @Iam Rana (@ranamajumder22) March 10, 2019
MS Dhoni's absence was clearly felt today. Missed chances, a poor call for review, side fielding setup, every single thing counts and Dhoni usually gets them in order which Rishabh Pant totally messed up today. #INDvAUS
— George Vijay Addict (@VijayIsMyLife) March 10, 2019
Who want Rishabh Pant to replace @msdhoni If pants take birth 100 times then also he can’t go near to Mahi. Missed a easy stumping which cost a game to India. I hate this guy as much I hate Pakistan. Still not a single match wining knock. @imVkohli @BCCI
— Kumar Shivam (@shivambilty) March 10, 2019
Turning point Rishabh pant miss stumping chance of Turner. Missing MS Dhoni badly #INDvAUS
— Hardeep Meena (@imhrdp) March 10, 2019
— Vaibhav (@Vaibhav4real) March 10, 2019