Twitter is a cruel world and young Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant is figuring it out the hard way. A couple of days back he was criticized by the Twitterati for dropping a catch and today he once again faced the wrath of Indian fans for getting out on zero.
The Indian wicket-keeper has already come under the scanner for his sloppy work behind the stumps but his aggressive batting had always impressed fans. But today against Australia in the third T20I, Pant got out on a first-ball duck.
Pant tried to pull Andrew Tye’s slower one behind square leg but the lack of pace enabled the ball to kiss the Indian batsman’s hand and settle into the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
What annoyed the fans more was Pant’s reckless shot selection during a phase when India desperately needed someone to hold the ground in a stiff chase.
Pant’s dismissal allowed Australia to dominate India in the middle overs and enjoy the upper hand.
The Indian cricketer’s shoddy performance didn’t go unnoticed as fans soon expressed their frustration on Twitter.
Fans were unhappy with the immaturity shown by the Indian wicket-keeper batsman and some even wondered whether he is the ideal heir for MS Dhoni.
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Despite Pant’s howler in the middle overs, India chased Australia’s total of 164 runs in the 20th over courtesy of a magnificent half-century by Indian skipper Virat Kohli and valuable contributions from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik.
This win has allowed India to level the 3 match T20Is series 1-1. India lost the first match at Brisbane by four runs while the second match at Melbourne was washed out.
The two teams will now lock horns in the Test series which starts from December 06.