Stuart Broad ends Rishabh Pant's maiden Test innings with a nasty send-off

Following the dismissal, Broad was expectantly charged up.

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Rishabh Pant of India is bowled by Stuart Broad. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Rishabh Pant, yesterday, made his intentions clear in Test cricket when he opened his account by depositing Adil Rashid over long on in his second delivery. Tamil Nadu-born wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik underfired in the first two matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively after which the management resorted to giving Pant his maiden Test cap.

However, his challenge lied ahead in tackling the fast bowlers under trying conditions and it wasn’t expected to be a cakewalk by any means. Prior to his debut at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the Uttarakhand-born cricketer was a part of the India ‘A’ team that played a triangular series followed by a couple of four-day matches against England Lions and Windies ‘A’.

Broad involves in an altercation with Pant

The 20-year old scored five half-centuries on the tour and it somewhat manifested Pant’s prowess to mould himself as per the playing conditions and match situations. In Nottingham, he trod the attacking route to start with, but gradually buckled down. At the end of the first day’s play, he was not out on 22 runs and looked determined to counter the venom of the Englishmen.

In the first session of the second day’s play, he didn’t go berserk. Rather, he put his head down to stave off the English pacers. Unfortunately, he couldn’t survive the heat and was nipped out by Stuart Broad. The speedster dished out a full and wide delivery and Pant went for the booming drive through the covers. He was nowhere near to the pitch of the leather.

The cherry found the inside edge of the willow and cannoned into the stumps. Following the dismissal, Broad was expectantly charged up and he went to Pant and hurled a few nasty words at the 20-year-old youngster. It was probably a technique by the pacer to make the debutant experience the nastier angle of the longest format.

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