Twitter Reactions: Rishabh Pant set to make his World Cup debut vs England
Pant was included in place of Vijay Shankar.
Updated - Nov 20, 2019 9:59 pm
It is the big match on Sunday, the high-action England vs India contest in Birmingham. The pressure is on the hosts as they have a lot at stake here, they need to win this contest to stay alive in the tournament. India, on the other hand, need just one win in the next three matches. While they were expected to go unchanged, Virat Kohli did make one and Rishabh Pant makes his World Cup debut in place of Vijay Shankar.
There was a lot of talk and debate on what Shankar adds to this team, he had done well with the ball, but they are not really keen on having another bowling option. His batting form at no.4 was a consistent cause of worry for the team and added pressure on others as well. Though Virat didn’t say that they had dropped Shankar, it was a forced change he said as the all-rounder had a niggle.
Pant was not a part of the original squad of 15 that was named. He was added to the team and flown into England after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out. He has been with the team for some time now and pretty much accustomed to the conditions. The fact that India lost the toss and will be chasing, his attacking batting will definitely help their cause.
At the toss, Kohli said, “Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant is in. He brings in a lot of fearlessness. He has a small boundary. Once he gets to 20, then it’s a different ball game. To be honest I haven’t seen what’s been happening outside. But I do believe the Pakistani fans will be supporting us, which is a rare thing (smiles).”
Kohli who had praised Shankar in the media interaction on the eve of the game, did manage to surprise quite a few people including the commentators and experts. Most fans on social media who had been rooting for Pant’s inclusion were pleased and expect the young wicketkeeper-batsman to produce an impact performance in his maiden outing.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Pant’s inclusion in the Indian team:
Rishab Pant to play !!!!!!!! #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 30, 2019
Expected change with vijay shankar not playing today being “injured” My vote was for dinesh Karthick for this game.But team is looking towards the future and Pant sure is #INDvsENG
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 30, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) June 30, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 30, 2019
#17 is in today for #TeamIndia! ????????
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) June 30, 2019
— Nistul Premod (@NotoriousNistul) June 30, 2019
Welcome Rishabh pant !!! #INDvENG
— சாரதி (@SarathyTwitz) June 30, 2019
— Aditya (@CAA_256) June 30, 2019
— Kausthub Swaminathan (@kausthubcricket) June 30, 2019
Rishabh Pant makes his World Cup debut, in for Vijay Shankar.
— Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) June 30, 2019
Rishabh Pant is destiny’s kid #INDvENG
— Debu (@debasish_mishra) June 30, 2019
— Rohan (@Rohanio11) June 30, 2019
Waaah waaah Rishabh Pant is here finally ???????? #INDvENG
— Kripa #TeamIndia???????? (@KripaBanka) June 30, 2019
???? on the ⚽
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019
Rishabh Pant in. Vijay out
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) June 30, 2019
India going by numbers. Playing Pant for game time and short boundary one side. Chahal didn’t take enough in last 3 games vs England.
Let’s see if it pays off. Better to test them out now.
— Nikhil ???? (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 30, 2019
Rishabh Pant Replaces Vijay Shankar
Meanwhile Dinesh Karthik- pic.twitter.com/wYxvPycKvn
— Gauti Harshit Dhiman (@GautiDhiman) June 30, 2019