India’s batting once again collapsed on foreign soil after a combination of tight bowling and rash shots led them to crawl to a score of 250 largely due to the brilliance of Cheteshwar Pujara.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Indian top order seemed to have forgotten they were playing a Test match as they looked in a hurry to score quick runs and chase wide deliveries which led to their quick downfall.
The middle-order including Virat Kohli crumbled and then came Rishabh Pant who seriously didn’t have any idea what was going on.
Just as he is about to go out to bat, someone must whisper into Pant’s ear “Test cricket, not IPL”.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 6, 2018
The youngster went tried to go after the bowling but he failed to mix caution with aggression. During his brief stay at the crease, he looked like getting out almost off every delivery. Mitchell Starc was all over him bowling those tempting fuller length deliveries. Pat Cummins also did the same even as the left-hander attempted an ugly hoick which left even the commentators surprised.
While he raced away to 20 off his first few balls itself, Pant never looked confident in the middle. The partnership of 41 runs took India past the 100-run mark but it was only a matter of time before the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed.
Rishabh Pant was once again at his natural best as he took the field on the opening day of the first Test between India and Australia. The left-hander scored a quick 25 off 38 balls before giving away his wicket to spinner Nathan Lyon, who bowled an absolute peach to get the left-hander caught behind.
During his short but eventful stay on the crease Pant git involved in a banter with Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who was seemingly miffed after seeing Pant knock him around with ease.
The incident happened during the second session in Adelaide when Pant was playing with his usual flair hoping to bail India out of trouble with the visitors languishing on 110/5. Pant was playing on 16 when Cummins bowled a length delivery outside off with Pant trying to whack it past the midwicket region but the left-hander was beaten by pace.
After beating him with his scintillating pace, Cummins walked down the pitch towards Pant and had a little banter trying to get on the youngster’s nerves.
However, Pant avoided the conversation and turned around, ignoring Cummins. He continued his innings unfazed by the verbal battle but was soon dismissed by Lyon. It was a beautiful delivery from the spinner which took the edge of Pant’s bat before flying into Paine’s gloves. The left-hander departed after some crucial contribution to the total.