Twitter disappointed with Rishabh Pant's dismal show in Wellington T20I

Twitter disappointed with Rishabh Pant’s dismal show in Wellington T20I

While some continued to back him, others felt he wasn't suited for limited overs at the moment

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The first T20 international between India and New Zealand kicked off at Wellington. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, skipper Rohit Sharma continued to handle the captaincy mantle. Putting the hosts to bat first, Tim Seifert tore apart the Indian bowling attack with a phenomenal 84(43). The hosts ended up posting a total of 219/6.

India began well with Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar gaining control. However, just when it seemed both were heading towards a big partnership, Dhawan got dismissed. Rishabh Pant who came in at No.4 was expected to unleash his set of fireworks. However, the youngster struggled for his entire duration at the crease.

Pant’s uncomfortable stay

Throughout his innings, Pant looked quite uncomfortable attempting different shots. Finally, a yorker from Mitchell Santner had his middle stump knocked over. His painful stay at the crease was brought to an end. An innings of 4(10) was indeed a pure match losing knock, especially with the required run rate soaring above 12.

For a long time, there has been a lot of debate with regards to Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in the limited overs side. The wicketkeeper-batsman has undoubtedly proved his credentials in red ball cricket. Smashing centuries in England and Australia, he has carved out a place for himself in the Test side. However, he has failed to replicate the same when it comes to ODIs and T20Is.

Twitter was quite displeased by Pant’s poor show with the bat. While the 21-year-old was expected to go all bonkers especially with the small grounds, he failed to put the bat on ball. A lot of tweets poured in against Pant’s batting tactics. While some continued to back him, others felt he wasn’t suited for limited overs at the moment.

Here we have some of the Twitter reactions on Rishabh Pant’s innings:-

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