If the South Africa vs India match in Johannesburg is at an exciting juncture, then a lot of credit goes to Rishabh Pant. If Pant, who was dismissed for 0 in 3 balls, had not given his wicket to South Africa, then this match could have been in India’s custody but now it is standing on par.
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As soon as Rishabh Pant came to the crease, Rasi van der Dussen, standing at short leg, rained words on him. It was even heard from the stump mic that Rishabh Pant has instructed Rasi to keep quiet.
Rabada bowled the first ball to Pant on which he was beaten. After this, the second ball hit Pant’s body and hit the globs and went towards the slips. Pant’s patience paid off on the third ball and it cost him dearly to go ahead and hit Rabada.
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The ball took the edge of Pant’s bat and caught in the gloves of the wicketkeeper. The South African players had done their job. Pant went out of the field in anger but by mistake he entered the dressing room of South Africa.
This irresponsible shot by Pant was criticized a lot. Commentator Aakash Chopra said that Pant has been kept in the team to bat for him because even Saha does the wicketkeeping. Even if he had hit a six on this ball, then there would not have been much difference in the equation of the game.
Interestingly, Rabada had earlier taken the wicket of two set batsmen. He had run Ajinkya Rahane for 58 and Cheteshwar Pujara for 53. On him, Pant thought of playing an aggressive shot.
His shot on any other bowler could have turned into a four or a six. But Rishabh Pant plays in the style of My Way and Hi Way.
In the final of the ICC World Test Championship too, he lost his wicket by playing a similar shot off Trent Boult. If India had scored 30 to 40 more runs at that time, the result would have been at least India’s defeat.
Now the match is standing on a draw. Or it can also be said that hosts South Africa have made half a run for the loss of 2 wickets. So the situation can be called strong South African. If India loses this match on the fifth day, then once again the dismissal of Rishabh Pant will prove to be the turning point.(webdunia desk)