Under fire wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant in recent times who is currently India’s no 1 choice in the absence of MS Dhoni, has marred with criticism for his poor shot selection. There is no doubt that he has huge huge shoes to fill ever since MS Dhoni decided to take a break from his cricketing duties to post the World Cup, 2019.
India was playing their second T20 contest vs Bangladesh at Rajkot when Pant was once again in the news for all the long reasons, he missed out on what seemed like an easy stumping. The said stumping took place during the 6th over when he made a blunder of collecting the ball in front of the stumps before trying to stump in Yuzvendra Chahal’s first over, inviting criticism on social media.
In the replay, the viewers got to see that Pant’s gloves were not behind the stumps before collecting the ball. The decision was revoked by the umpires changed their decision and ruled it a no-ball. But he soon redeemed himself with two superb dismissals in the next over bowled by Chahal. In Chahal’s next over, he redeemed himself by managed to run Das out for 29 in the eight over.
Indian bowlers bounced very well and restricted the visitors at the death overs to a sub-par 153 for 6 and in a good track where the ball was coming onto the bat. India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma who was laying his 100th T20 International lit up the stadium with his explosive innings and guided team to victory. He went on score 85 off 43 balls and in the process, India levelled the three-match T20 series VS Bangladesh with an eight-wicket victory in the second game.
In the post-match conference, Rohit Sharma was quoted saying that, “All these years, I’ve just tried to do my best with the bat in hand. I knew the conditions were perfect. So all I wanted to do was stay still and tonk the ball. The year 2019 has been very good so far. Just want to finish it off on a good note,” said the stand-in captain, who was also adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. I knew that Rajkot is a good track and it will be difficult for the bowlers in the second innings. We took advantage of that and had a great powerplay. After that, it was all about going on.
The captain had words of encouragement for the spinners Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal, who put brakes on Bangladesh restricting them to 153 for 6. He said that “Both Washington and Chahal understand their bowling really well. More importantly, they analyse and have conversations on where they can improve. Chahal has bowled in difficult situations and has somehow brought the team to the top.”
Rohit Sharma missed his 5th T20I hundred but the stand-in captain equaled Virat Kohli’s record for the most number of fifty-plus scores in the shortest format of the game. Rohit and Virat have 22 fifty-plus scores in T20Is. Rohit Sharma and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan also broke another record for the most number of 100-plus stands in T20I cricket along. Earlier the record was held by Rohit and Virat Kohli had jointly held the record previously with 3 hundred-plus stands