'Bring back Dhoni' - Twitter slams Rishabh Pant for his amateur wicketkeeping

‘Bring back Dhoni’ – Twitter slams Rishabh Pant for his amateur wicketkeeping

Eventually, Pant himself affected the run-out to send Liton Das back to the pavilion.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rishabh Pant was the name being discussed a lot ahead of the T20I series between India and Bangladesh. We are almost halfway into the three-match series and the youngster is still the talking point for all the wrong reasons. If it was his batting which was in focus until now, Pant made a grave mistake behind the stumps in Rajkot to raise even more eyebrows about his keeping skills.

After opting to bowl first, India would’ve hoped to make early inroads. But Liton Das and Mohammad Naim got Bangladesh off to a great start thanks to Khaleel Ahmed dropping it short with the new ball. The left-arm seamer went for 24 runs in his two overs which led to Rohit Sharma introducing Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack only after five overs.

Chahal strikes but Rishabh Pant commits a grave mistake

The Indian leg-spinner struck immediately in his first over. Liton Das stepped out after the bowler flighted the ball. The batsman heaved without reaching to the pitch of the ball and missed it completely. Rishabh Pant sensed an opportunity and stumped Das easily. At the real-time, it looked like the wicket-keeper did his job perfectly but the third umpire was called upon for a unique reason.

The on-field umpires felt that Rishabh Pant had collected the ball ahead of the stumps. And the third umpire Anil Chaudhary looked at the replays carefully and repeatedly to come to a conclusion. He finally decided to rule Liton Das not-out and going by the rule books, it was also deemed a no-ball with the free-hit being awarded to the opposition.

It was a huge mistake from Pant who was expected to be aware of the rule and though his gloves weren’t much ahead of the stumps, it was enough for the TV umpire to make his decision. To add salt to the wounds, Liton Das smashed the next two deliveries to four to end the over on a high. Twitterati was livid with this mistake from Rishabh Pant and slammed him for the same. Das, however, was run-out soon after scoring 29 runs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: