Rishabh Pant reveals why he didn't respond to Matthew Wade's tactics of evoking banter

Rishabh Pant yet to impress with the bat in the Test series.

Matthew Wade and Rishabh Pant
Matthew Wade and Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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India has won the Melbourne Test with eight wickets with all the glory and would be looking up maintain its winning ways in days to come. The team effort was too brilliant, and it didn’t let Australians dominate the game even for a moment. The day three of the Test match offered too much action to fans where Australian batter Matthew Wade attempted too much to strike banter with Rishabh Pant, but Pant chose to remain silent.

Though Pant has developed a reputation of being a chatterbox behind the stumps, he chose not to revert to Wade in this case. Pant’s last outing in Australia saw him being a’ baby-sitter’ of Australian skipper Tim Paine’s child. However, Pant has finally opened up on why he didn’t give back to Wade, who was constantly poking him.

Wade was caught on stump mic speaking, “You’re looking at yourself on the big screen again? Very funny watching yourself on the screen.”

“I enjoyed every bit of that, but I think Wade was probably looking for some sort of discussion or banter so that he could concentrate more, but I didn’t want to give that to him,” stated Pant after the end of the third day’s game at MCG as quoted by Times Now.

Talking about his form and fitness, Pant believes he has to work on his footwork. Pant displayed some unimpressive performances over the last one and half years and had to be out of the ODI and T20I squad. He even didn’t get a chance in the first Test match. He is yet to make a mark with his bat.

I have been training  and practicing well: Rishabh Pant

“I have been training well, practicing well but not getting a chance in the first Test is a part and parcel of the game. It is good to back on the side and try to do well for the team.”

“Keeping in Australia has been good so far, and I am working on opening my right and left leg to adjust to the bounce. The key is to give yourself a little more space against Ashwin and Jadeja,” stated Pant about his wicketkeeping tactics in Australia.