After a subpar T20I series against South Africa with the bat, Rishabh Pant, playing for Leicestershire, finally had a ball when he scored 76 runs off 87 balls in the ongoing four-day exhibition game between India and Leicestershire at Grace Road. It is interesting to note that Pant played the match against India, the team with Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja in the bowling unit. The southpaw was eventually outmaneuvered by Jadeja after handing a catch to Shreyas Iyer.
Pant’s knock which was punctuated with 14 fours and a six saw him trending on social media with the netizens praising him for his performance ahead of the rescheduled one-off test between the guests India and England. Notably, India will also play a T20 warm-up match prior to the test.
Here’s how Twitter responded to Rishabh Pant’s knock:
— 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐧 (@VanshShokeen2) June 24, 2022
Fifty by Rishabh Pant in 73 balls against India in the warm-up match. A great hit from him! pic.twitter.com/pU2nGgfQaO
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 24, 2022
— Rishabh Fan Aaryan (@Rishbah_aaryan) June 24, 2022
— cheers lynn (@AvtarGoswami2) June 24, 2022
Panting in tests is something else….#RishabPant
— James Msd (@Notprovenexpert) June 24, 2022
Pants are a different beast in tests. It’s just a matter of mindset. In t20s he takes undue pressure on himself to score quick runs. Needs all kinds of shots to just relax and enjoy his playing in LOIs.
— Vaibhav (@vaibhavdugar02) June 24, 2022
Speaking of the on-going warm-up match: Leicestershire were knocked out for 244 runs, leaving a narrow two-run lead over India. Mohammed Shami returned 3/43 and Ravindra chose 28/3. Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj each picked two wickets.
In their second innings, India reached 80/1 by punching on day 2 of the game. Srikar Bharat and Hanuma Vihari resumed the Indian innings on their individual scores of 31 and 9.
The only wicket India lost in the innings was Shubman Gill. The righthanded batter was eliminated by Navdeep Saini on 38 runs off 34 balls.
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