Indian cricket team’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is always in the headlines for one reason or the other. On Thursday, South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets in the ongoing second test match in Johannesburg. In fact, Pant was out playing a bad short in the second innings of the match, due to which he is getting trolled a lot on social media.
However, the head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid, while taking a stand for him, said something like this that won everyone’s heart.
Rahul supported Pant
Indian cricket team’s head coach Rahul Dravid on Thursday indicated that he has spoken to Pant regarding his short selection, especially the wild slog short he played in the second innings against Africa.
After the second Test, while talking to the media, Dravid said that he always wanted Pant to play positive cricket, but sometimes there should be a slight change in the short selection.
Rahul Dravid said, “We know that Rishabh plays with a positive mindset and he has a different way of playing, which has also given him some success. But of course there are times when we have to have some sort of conversation around that.
Pant caught in Rabada’s net
Rishabh Pant came to bat in very difficult conditions, and bowling in front of him was Kagiso Rabada, one of the best bowlers in the world. While playing the first two balls, Rishabh did not seem to be in control at all, due to which he tried to play his natural game, and due to hitting a big short on the third ball of the innings, was caught by the wicket-keeper.
In the press conference, when Rahul Dravid was asked if he was upset with Pant’s short, he said, “No one will ever stop Rishabh from being a positive and aggressive player, but it is just right at the right time sometimes.” It’s a matter of selecting the shortcode.
Along with this, coach Rahul Dravid also said that, “Rishabh is a player who can change the course of the game at any time.”
However, the last and decisive Test match of the Indian cricket team will be played in Cap Town on 11 January 2022, if Team India wins the next Test match, then it will be the first time in history that Team India will go to Africa and win the Test series.