After humming to the tune of Desi Spiderman, Rishabh Pant was at his vigilant duty in Spiderman’s costume, with a brilliant stumping, right after his advice to Ravichandran Ashwin. Being blinded by Dan Lawrence’s brain-faded charge, the wicketkeeper unsighted completed a brilliant stumping.
Since the first Test, against England, Rishabh Pant has been brilliant behind the sticks, with his impressive athleticism. In the first innings of the second Test, the wicketkeeper plucked two of the best catches in the Test, both times diving to his left. That even led to Ravichandran Ashwin praising the left-hander for his brilliance behind the stumps.
While he was dismissed and undone by the brilliance of Ben Foakes, behind the sticks, it had inspired the wicketkeeper batsman. On the third day, it was the spinners, who ran riot picking up wickets, there was one opportunity where he fumbled a catch off Ashwin’s bowling. However, on day four, none of it mattered, as the wicketkeeper was called to duty early in the morning.
Just before Ashwin’s spell to Dan Lawrence, the wicketkeeper charged his way to the bowler, seemingly talking about a plan to dismiss the English batsman. In the span of two deliveries, the off-spinner bowled an excellent delivery that drifted and stayed straight, going in between the English batsman’s legs, to leave Pant in a spot of dire. Despite being blinded, the wicketkeeper’s exquisite footwork ensured that the right-handed batsman walked back to the dressing room. Not the best wicketkeeper in the country? A difference of opinion now?
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Proving everyone wrong
Rishabh Pant can't do wicketkeeping job ?? pic.twitter.com/wb27g7mRIu— Abhinav (@DeadlyYorkers) February 16, 2021
Rishabh Pant is an alien. pic.twitter.com/hGXjMxPtIa— Archit. (@IndianJoeyy) February 16, 2021
Can't agree more
Its happening. Its starting to come together for Rishabh Pant after a torrid year and a half. Batting. Keeping. Everything. Can't wait to see him take off in the limited overs now.— Naman Agarwal (@CoverDrivenFor4) February 16, 2021
This will be the year of @RishabhPant17.#INDvENG #RishabhPant
Rishabh Pant has taken his game a few notches up. Has become unstoppable. Love it— himamshu (@himamshu_7) February 16, 2021