On Wednesday, India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the final ODI of the three-match series at Queen’s Park Oval. Indian skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 43rd ODI century, taking the Men in Blue to the finish line.
India’s current number 4 batsman, Rishabh Pant disappointed his fans once again. Pant came out to bat after the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the 13th over of India’s inning (91/2).
Facing the very first delivery, Pant went down the pitch for a big hit but found himself nowhere near the bowl, giving an easy catch to Keemo Paul standing at mid-off.
Harsha Bhogle, the popular Indian cricket commentator and journalist, was not at all impressed with Pant’s shot selection. He had a clear message for the youngster, tweeting, “This is a shot that Rishabh Pant will want to forget but shouldn’t. It should remind him of how much ability he is wasting. He is a batsman-keeper, not the other way around, so his batting must speak for him even more.”
This is a shot that Rishabh Pant will want to forget but shouldn't. It should remind him of how much ability he is wasting. He is a batsman-keeper, not the other way around, so his batting must speak for him even more.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 14, 2019
Earlier, Pant also faced heat in the T20I series against West Indies when he got himself dismissed in a similar fashion. The incident occurred during the first T20I, Pant on his first delivery decided to slog sweep and gave a simple catch to the deep square leg fielder.
If Pant has to be Dhoni’s rightful successor, he’s got to learn to respect his own talent
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 3, 2019
When will Rishabh Pant learn? 🤔#WIvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 3, 2019
Shreyas Iyer, who came at number 5, played a crucial knock of 65 runs off 41 balls, adding 120 runs for the 4th wicket partnership with captain Virat Kohli.