ICC World Cup 2019
Kevin Pietersen and Yuvraj Singh were indulged in a Twitter banter after the former criticized Rishabh Pant for his way of batting in ICC World Cup 2019. People expected Rishabh to shoulder some responsibilities after the top order had fallen early in the chase against New Zealand. Things got even worse when Dinesh Karthik departed after scoring 6 runs. India needed a strong partnership and Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried to stop wickets from falling for a while. However, Pant lost his wicket to Santner and went back to pavilion after scoring 32 runs off 56 balls.
Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the same and criticized Pant for his lack of maturity in the innings.
Yuvraj Singh came to the rescue of the young man and gave him a befitting reply. Yuvraj Singh said that Pant has only played 8 ODI innings and he would eventually get better with time.
To this, Kevin Pietersen replied that his criticism comes out due to frustration as he has some big hopes from Pant.
Rishabh Pant came in as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan after he was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. Initially, he could not get in the squad and selectors had confirmed that Rishabh Pant was almost there but he couldn’t make it into the squad. However, he got a chance when Shikhar Dhawan had to travel back to India.
India lost the first semi-final against New Zealand by 18 runs in Manchester. Ravindra Jadeja played a brilliant knock against the blackcaps and scored 77 runs off 59 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Jadeja stitched a partnership of 116-runs but Jadeja fell to Boult’s delivery. Soon Dhoni also got out after completing his half-century as India fell short of 18 runs.