Rishabh Pant’s chatter: The Indian wicket-keeper continued to chirp from behind the stumps throughout the day at Chepauk.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Chennai, England captain Joe Root made the most of his decision to bat first after winning the toss via his 20th century.
In what is his third consecutive century in Test cricket and fifth against India, Root seldom gave any chance to the Indian bowlers with respect to dismantling him.
As effortless as the right-hand batsman made it look, Root’s knock has doubtlessly set the tone for England in the four-match series. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 26th over, Root rescued England after they lost two quick wickets by stitching a 200-run partnership for the third wicket alongside opening batsman Dom Sibley (87).
Having suffered a cramp in his leg in the last 15 minutes of the day’s play, Root walked back to the pavilion after scoring 128* (197) with the help of 14 fours and a six as England scored 263/3 in 89.3 overs at Stumps.
In what was otherwise a mediocre day for the hosts, it didn’t affect wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s morale as he was his usual chirpy self throughout the day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Playing only his second Test series at home, Pant was often heard on the stump mic asking his teammates to improve their body language.
“Mera naam hai Washington, mujhko jaana hai DC [My name is Washington, I want to go to DC],” Pant was heard saying while India all-rounder Washington Sundar was bowling. While it didn’t make much sense, it entertained a lot of fans watching the match.
Rishabh Pant’s chatter
— Shubz 🇮🇳 (@ShubzRohitFan) February 5, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) February 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant: “Body language neeche ho rahi hai”
And he is right. Root and Sibley have been simply brilliant. They have given nothing away and India are feeling the heat. Eng 230/2.
— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) February 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant just doesn’t stop.😀 ” come on,come on bhai logon” well done, well done, keep it tight. Pujinder come on. Nads bahut badiya. Come on lads. Body language down kyun hain” #RishabhPant #INDvENG
— Meha Bhardwaj (@Bhardwajmeha) February 5, 2021
Hey @StarSportsIndia can you add a non-commentary feed on your platform?
Rishabh Pant Fan Club
— Yash Chawla (@chawla_yash) February 5, 2021
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