Virender Sehwag ‘swings by’ to watch Rishabh Pant smash the Windies bowlers
Pant trod the attacking route during his stint in the middle with the bat.
Updated - Oct 5, 2018 12:09 pm
Former India batsman Virender Sehwag, who has made Twitter his niche, has once again come up with a tweet to bring a smile on his followers’ faces. India are currently playing the Windies at home in a two-Test series, which the hosts have dominated since Day 1 of the ongoing first Test in Rajkot. They went to Stumps on the opening day with 364 on the board, having lost just 4 wickets.
Prithvi Shaw headlined India’s dominance with the bat on Day 1. Opening the batting for Team India, the debutant smashed a 99-ball hundred, much to the delight of the dressing room and experts across the world. Shaw was eventually dismissed for 134, a knock which included as many as 19 boundaries. At the end of the Day 1, India still had their skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 72, while wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was on 17.
As the two batters resumed the run-fest in Rajkot on Day 2, Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Was going somewhere and then thought- Pant ki batting dekhke chalte hain.”
Was going somewhere and then thought-
Pant ki batting dekhke chalte hain.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 5, 2018
Pant goes into T20 mode
Rishabh Pant’s start on Thursday was tame, and at a point was living dangerously. He had to play out an over from Sherman Lewis where he was almost out caught 3 times. However, an hour into the day, he suddenly launched into the Windies bowlers. Pant didn’t spare anyone – he smashed sixes off Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo as well as paceman Keemo Paul.
With his explosive strokeplay, Pant almost caught up with his skipper, who was already in his 90s. However, the T20-like innings came to a rather anti-climactic end as he sliced a Bishoo googly while trying to clear mid-wicket. The bowler had tossed it up nicely, and Pant couldn’t resist the temptation to smash the ball into the stands.
All he managed was to lob a simple catch. The youngster raced from 17 to 92 in no time but narrowly missed out an opportunity to score a second Test consecutive Test century. India are nevertheless in a commanding position having crossed the 500-run mark, with Virat Kohli still at the crease.