Rishabh Pant, Indian wicketkeeper who was engaged in some banter with Australian opening batsman Matthew Wade in the second session of Day 3 in Boxing Day Test, revealed why he did not respond to banter from the Australian opener Matthew Wade.
Rishabh Pant admitted that he enjoyed every bit of banter with Matthew Wade as he said that the Australia batsman was looking for some sort of discussion or banter to help him concentrate more while batting. Rishabh Pant also revealed that he didn’t want to give the opener to concentrate more so he chose to not respond to the banter.
Rishabh Pant: Matthew Wade Looking For Banter To Concentrate More
Rishabh Pant, as usual, was extremely talkative from behind the wickets on Monday as he was encouraging the India bowlers constantly throughout the day’s play.
“You’re looking at yourself on the big screen again? Very funny watching yourself on the screen,” Wade was caught on stump-mic saying.
“I enjoyed every bit of that but I think Wade was probably looking for some sort of discussion or banter so that he could concentrate more, but I didn’t want to give that to him,” Rishabh Pant said.
At some point in the 2nd Test, a visibly frustrated opener Matthew Wade chirped back at Rishabh Pant, engaging in a bit of banter with the young wicketkeeper. Matthew Wade certainly wasn’t impressed as Rishabh Pant was giggling whenever the Australia batsmen played and missed delivery or were in a bit of trouble to keep up with the Indian bowling attack.
Rishabh Pant: Not Getting A Chance In First Test Part And Parcel Of Game
Rishabh Pant did not get a chance in 1st Test where Wriddhiman Saha was preferred ahead of him for technical reasons surprising many as Rishabh Pant hit a ton in the warm-up game just before 1st Test. But after the Adelaide debacle and Wriddhiman Saha’s failure, he got a chance in 2nd Test and scored 29 in 1st innings.
“I have been training well, practicing well but not getting a chance in the first Test is a part and parcel of the game. It is good to back on the side and try to do well for the team. Keeping in Australia has been good so far and I am working on opening my right and left leg to adjust to the bounce. The key is to give yourself a little more space against Ashwin and Jadeja,” Pant added.
India lost the 1st Test at Adelaide under Virat Kohli when they squandered the advantage of first-innings lead by registering their lowest Test score of 36 in second innings.
India, however, avenged the loss by winning at Melbourne by similar result 8 wickets after stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant century and excellent bowling performances by Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin. Umesh Yadav was wicketless in 1st innings but picked up a wicket in second innings before limping off the field in the middle of 4th over.