Australia vs India: Rishabh Pant finds his voice against the Australian openers in Perth
Pant is gaining popularity for his antics from behind the stumps.
Published - Dec 14, 2018 5:51 pm | Updated - Dec 14, 2018 5:51 pm
Rishabh Pant hogged the headlines during the Adelaide Test for his cheeky behaviour behind the stumps. He was constantly in the batsman’s ears when Ravi Ashwin was bowling. The offie constantly holding up one end led to the wicket-keeper getting engaging in a verbal banter with the opposition batters. Though this was only the one-way conversation with the Australian players not responding at all.
Pat Cummins was at the receiving end for a long time during the second innings. He was being encouraged by Pant to hit Ashwin for sixes even as the ball was turning a lot from the rough outside the off-stump of the right-handed batsmen. However, Ashwin isn’t present in the ongoing Perth Test as he sustained an abdominal strain and with a green top on offer, India went with an all-pace attack.
Pant came running to say something
Unlike Adelaide, the fast bowlers were bowling from both the ends throughout the first session. The Australian openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch were looking comfortable in the middle as they notched up a fifty-run stand in the first 15 overs itself. Though this was the period when the visitors were tying things up by bowling consecutive dot deliveries.
This is when Pant found his voice to get into the ears of the batsmen. Despite standing way behind the stumps with the fast bowlers bowling, the 20-year-old came all the way to the striker’s end during the 16th over and tried to get under the skin of both the batsmen who were concentrating hard as easy runs weren’t on offer.
Unfortunately, this effort from their wicket-keeper didn’t reap rich rewards for India. Australia’s opening duo went unscathed until the lunch and also registered their first three-figure score together in the whites. Rishabh Pant has certainly become popular with his antics while wicket-keeping as even the commentators listen to the stump mic carefully during the course of the day.