Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant came under fire for his inability to keep the wickets well during the first Test match against England. The Test is being played behind the closed doors at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
During the game, Pant leaked four runs in an overthrow which added fuel to the fire. Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma maintained pin drop silence as they were shocked to see unnecessary throw from the young wicket-keeper batsman.
When Shahbaz Nadeem delivered a bowl to Joe Root, the latter defended the ball and wanted to take a single. While his partner Dominic Sibley was about to make a run, Root suddenly refused to take a single. Meanwhile, Pant who was standing behind the stumps quickly came forward and collected the ball only to aim directly at the stumps.
However, nobody was standing at the non-striker’s end to get the ball. The ball travelled quickly towards the long-on area for a boundary.
Pant moves in the opposite direction of the ball
Indian skipper Virat Kohli brought the veteran off-spinner Ravi Ashwin into the attack. The off-spinner bowled a full-toss to Ollie Pope. The batsman attempted to pull the ball but mistimed it completely as the ball high in the air and travelled far behind the stumps.
Meanwhile, Pant lost concentration on the ball as he looked high in the air. However, the ball already travelled past him. The video of clueless Pant moving in the opposite direction of the ball is doing the rounds on social media.
Watch the video:
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Joe Root slammed his 5th double century in Test cricket in his 100th Test match. Thus, he became the first batsman to accomplish this landmark. He got out after scoring 218. Ben Stokes scored an imperious 82 while Dominic Sibley scored 87 at the top. England were bowled out for 578.