It was not the best of days for India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant in the ongoing second Test match against South Africa. While Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane shrugged off poor form after scoring half-centuries, Pant hogged the limelight for the way he got out. Pujara and Rahane added a 111-run stand and laid the foundation for Pant to play a cameo and set up a huge fourth innings total. However, all the wicketkeeper-batter could do was last three balls and get out to a shot which ideally he should not have played.
Later, the 24-year-old faced the wrath of several former cricketers for needlessly sledging Dean Elgar. The incident occurred when Ravi Ashwin trapped Keegan Petersen LBW for 28. The South African skipper who was batting alongside the batter told him not to go upstairs for a referral. Turns out, the decision was not overturned as the replays showed three reds on the big screen.
However, Pant got under the skin of Elgar and sledged him by calling him a selfish captain. “Zabardast captain hai ye,” Pant screamed. He also added that Elgar is the most selfish captain that he has ever seen.
Meanwhile, former India opening batter Gautam Gambhir has come down hard at Pant for gifting his wickt. He felt the wicketkeeper-batter should have shown the courage to fight it out in the middle. The 24-year-old played an aggressive shot and got out to Rabada even without getting his eye in.
“The easier thing to do is to keep sledging someone and the toughest thing is what you have to face when you have a bat in your hand. I would have liked Rishabh to probably fight in that situation rather than stepping out and going for a big one,” said Gambhir on the post-stumps show on Star Sports.
Meanwhile, the start of play on day four has been delayed due to persistent rain. The hosts are placed 118 for two and need a further 122 runs to level the three-match series 1-1.