New Delhi. Rishabh Pant is back in color. He scored 50 runs in just 58 balls on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Pant played this innings when India lost the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in the first two overs of the day. India was in danger of getting out early. But Pant, along with captain Virat Kohli, not only rescued India from the crisis, but also scored runs at the speed of the express train. It can be gauged from this that he completed his 50 runs in just 58 balls.
Before lunch, where the rest of the batsmen including Virat Kohli scored 22 runs after playing 96 balls. At the same time, Pant alone scored 51 runs in 60 balls. He scored runs at a strike rate of 85. There was a partnership of 72 runs in 147 balls for the fifth wicket between Pant and Virat till lunch.
Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a duck in the second innings of the second Test in Johannesburg after playing a careless shot in the air. When Pant came out to bat on the third day of this Test, India had lost 4 wickets for 163 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had returned to the pavilion and India needed a small partnership. But he lost his wicket while playing a big shot off Kagiso Rabada and India had to bear the brunt of it in the form of a loss. After this Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Gavaskar also reprimanded Pant a lot.
Virat had given advice to Pant
In the press conference held a day before the Cape Town Test, Kohli was asked a question about this shot of Pant. then they Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) An admonition was mentioned. Which Mahi gave to Virat at the beginning of his career. Then Virat had said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave me very good advice at the beginning of my career. There should be a gap of at least seven to eight months between your first and second mistake and only then you can prolong your Test career. I had decided then that I would not repeat the mistake. That’s what happens when you reflect on your mistakes, which I know Rishabh does too. I hope he keeps on improving.”
IND vs SA: Cheteshwar Pujara’s game ends on the second ball of the day, the fielder caught the catch by flying in the air- Video
The same thing of captain Kohli worked for Pant and he did not change his batting style in Cape Town. But on which ball to hit the big shot? Sensing it, he batted. The result was that he scored fifty after 5 innings.
Second half-century partnership between Pant-Kohli
Rishabh Pant, along with captain Virat Kohli, shared the fourth 50+ run partnership of this Test in the match. In the first innings too, there was a partnership of 51 runs in 113 balls between the two. As long as these two remain at the crease, the hope of victory for Team India will remain. Because in Cape Town, only 3 times in the fourth innings, a team has won while chasing more than 200 runs.
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