Rishabh Pant has been under the cosh of late. The southpaw has been deemed as MS Dhoni’s replacement going into the future, but he is yet to find his feet. The left-hander has slumped to a number of failures owing to which his place in the Indian team has come under the scanner. Pant also flattered to deceive in the T20Is against the West Indies, scoring only 51 runs.
In the Mumbai T20I, Pant scored a duck and the netizens reckoned that Sanju Samson should’ve gotten an opportunity. Coming into the ODIs, Pant was under severe pressure, though he had support of the team management, including skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. However, he scored a 69-ball 71 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Rishabh Pant shines in Chennai
He came to bat after India lost the crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Kohli inside the first 20 overs. There was ample time for Pant to get his eye in and get a substantial score under his belt. He started cautiously and gave support to Shreyas Iyer, who has been in good form ever since he returned to the national setup. The duo injected momentum back into the innings.
After getting his eye in, Pant scored his maiden ODI half-century off 49 balls. He put on 114 for the fourth wicket along with Iyer. His knock was laced with five fours and a colossal hit into the stands off the wily Roston Chase. In the 37th over, Pant lost Iyer to Alzarri Joseph, who picked up his second wicket. Three overs later, Pant also got out to opposition skipper Kieron Pollard.
Pollard churned out a slower delivery and Pant went for the pick-up shot. The batsman lost his balance and hit the leather straight down the throat of Shimron Hetmyer. There was a chance for Pant to score a ton and he would be disappointed for not being able to accomplish the milestone.
Pollard was absolutely pumped after getting the wicket. It was also his third white-ball fifty versus the Caribbean team after the couple of fifties in T20Is. In the meantime, Twitterati is a tad relieved after Pant found some rhythm with the bat in hand after a string of failures.
Here is how Twitterati reacted on Pant’s knock
On a pitch where everybody struggled and the second best S/R in the Top 5, was 80, @RishabhPant17 came in at 80/3 and batted at a S/R of 102.89 while rebuilding the innings!
This is why he should be backed! #INDvWI #RishabhPant #INDvsWI
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) December 15, 2019
From listening 'Dhoni, Dhoni' to make them say 'Rishabh Pant'. He has finally delivered!! #INDvWI #pant pic.twitter.com/UYTFqEmGrK
— NIDHI Varma (@NIDHIVarma19) December 15, 2019
Brilliant innings from Rishabh Pant. This is what i always said. When he comes early in innings, he will score a lot of runs.
Has now scored fifty in all 3 formats. More to come. 👏👏
Chennai crowd were excellent for cheering #RishabhPant. #INDvWI #INDvsWI @RaviShastriOfc
— Shivam 🦁🇮🇳 (@itsShivam18) December 15, 2019
Mera mood Rishabh Pant ke form ki Tarah ha. Kabhi kabhi hi accha hota ha!
— Suyashsrt (@Suyashsrt) December 15, 2019
Rishabh Pant After Scoring Fifty pic.twitter.com/fflicY46pM
— Sarcastic 3 (@3Sarcastic) December 15, 2019
Whew!! Finally, Rishabh Pant made a decent contribution. Hope it’s not a flash in the pan. But he eventually got out in his typical immature way. Anyways, well played Rishabh.
— Rajiv Madhavan (@MadhavanRajiv) December 15, 2019
Really very happy for Rishabh Pant..well done Pant 71(69).❤👏👏#INDvWI
— VINAY🏏 (@CRICKETDUDE_) December 15, 2019
Now some people will say, Dhoni's time is over just because #RishabhPant
Scored a 50 in chennai
— अरूणाक्ष भंडारी (@imarunaksh) December 15, 2019
Rishabh Pant to his trollers after today's inning of 71 runs: pic.twitter.com/KsohyRpkfn
— Raj Yadav (memer.devil) (@RajYada69554775) December 15, 2019
Rishabh pant after scoring a half-century.#pant #INDvWI #modifall #CABPolitics #Dhoni #rishabpant pic.twitter.com/rvaN5lteXc
— BOOMERANG (@divyanshmps) December 15, 2019
Shreyas iyer & RISHABH PANT played really well today,matured inning good partnership & 👌👌stroke play good thing for #TeamIndia #INDvsWI
— Roshni Tapadia (@RoshniTapadia) December 15, 2019
Kind of fight back you expect from your Middle order when your top order fails, scintillating half century by both Iyer and Pant. Iyer playing it calmly whereas Pant is the aggressor in the partnership!#RishabhPant #shreyasiyer
— Govind Katiyar (@govindmagix) December 15, 2019
Captain words became real @imVkohli said pant needs time to settle and he played today like that and crowd started cheering pant name
Finally Everyone is shouting Rishabh Pant
— Kingkohlifanclub🔥 (@Kingkohlifc18) December 15, 2019
Remember how Many chances Rohit Sharma got??
It's been only 13 matches for Rishabh Pant.. Go easy on him..
— Ekita (@LostByWaves) December 15, 2019
@StarSportsIndia where are Rishabh Pant's trollers today? #AskTheExpert
— Raaz Keplerhume (@KeplerhumeRaaz) December 15, 2019
it's amazing to see how's Rishabh pant chosen chepak stadium to come back into form and chepak going pant pant tears in my eyes @cricketaakash @jatinsapru @IrfanPathan @StarSportsIndia @askexpert
— Shafiqur Rahman Khan (@Shafiqu78364285) December 15, 2019
Haters gonaa hate.
Rishabh pant proved what he is capable of.
Hate him or love him. But u can not ignore him. #RishabhPant
— Jitendra singh (@jitu24x7) December 15, 2019
Rishabh pant 🤣🤣🤣👇👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/4vPcnegQcS
— Ashutosh Sharma (@Ashutos86463794) December 15, 2019
Good Play @RishabhPant17 🔥😍
Pant innings was good today , reflects his ability and abundance in talent! 😍😍💙
A lot of #RishabhPant is yet to come, apart from the bashing batsman 🔥🔥❣️#INDvWI #Pant pic.twitter.com/irel8OIX8K
— Vikram (@iamvikram2000) December 15, 2019
Now Who Is Saying That @DelhiCapitals Should Trade Rishabh Pant To @ChennaiIPL? 😹🤭 #INDvsWI #RishabhPant
— Oggy 😀 (@SirOggyBilla) December 15, 2019
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