Ricky Ponting astonished as India drop Pant: The former Australian captain was expecting India to play Rishabh Pant in the first Test.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who is currently part of the commentary panel for Channel 7 for the ongoing Test series between Australia and India, is being lauded since morning for his pinpoint commentary especially before the dismissal of India opening batsman Prithvi Shaw (0).
After India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat, Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc drew first blood by dismissing Shaw on only the second delivery of the series.
Ponting, who has been coaching Shaw at Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals for three seasons now, was aware about a potential way of dismissal for the 21-year old batsman. Ponting’s words were appreciated when Shaw soon dismissed in the same manner off Starc.
— DK (@DineshKarthik) December 17, 2020
Ricky Ponting is the best commentator going around. Ridiculously good to listen to and scary how often he is right.. before it actually happens https://t.co/hrgUgGi69o
— Paul Seedsman (@paulseed40) December 17, 2020
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherDFA) December 17, 2020
So just whatever Ricky says then 😂 https://t.co/0OaZE1D5dA
— Laura McGoldrick (@lauramcgoldrick) December 17, 2020
Ricky Ponting astonished as India drop Pant in Adelaide Test
Calling the game in the third session from the Adelaide Oval, Ponting expressed being surprised around the ouster of India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
Despite scoring his seventh first-class century in the second tour match, Pant was dropped for Wriddhiman Saha in the first Test. Much like Shaw, Pant has also being playing under Ponting at Capitals.
“I’m surprised [that Rishabh Pant wasn’t picked]. I think he’s a terrific young player, x-factor about him with the bat. Probably, not as good a keeper as [Wriddhiman] Saha and that’s probably the reason they’ve left him out,” Ponting said while commentating on Channel 7.