Rishabh Pant catch today: The Indian wicket-keeper batsman played a pivotal role in breaking an important partnership.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Chennai, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant put on display a breathtaking piece of fielding to dismiss England batsman Ollie Pope.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 39th over when Pope wanted to put away an ordinary delivery down the leg side. A tad unfortunate to get out in such a manner, Pope ended up edging the ball behind the wickets on a ball which should be hit for runs.
With the ball leaving Pant towards his left side, he timed his dive to perfection to grab an outstanding one-handed catch. Pant, who did juggle the catch, was aware enough to grab it on the second attempt.
Pope, who came in to bat at No. 6 in the 19th over, departed after scoring 22 (57). Having scored his sixth Test half-century earlier in the day, Pant continued to contribute across departments in this series.
As far as Siraj is concerned, the right-arm bowler picked a wicket on his first Test delivery at home. It is worth mentioning that India captain Virat Kohli had introduced Siraj into the attack after 38 overs as the Indian spinners had been bowling consistently well at the MA Chidambaram Stadium today.
Rishabh Pant catch today
What a Catch from Rishabh Pant !! Siraj gets wicket on his first ball in India. pic.twitter.com/QcQ62RcaHy
— Abhinav (@DeadlyYorkers) February 14, 2021
— ThatFanBoy❣️🏏🎾 (@SiddhuYour) February 14, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
Brilliant catch from Pant. #INDvENG
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) February 14, 2021
What a catch @RishabhPant17 .. His batting form surely helping his keeping.
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 14, 2021
Some catch that,,,,,#INDvsENG
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) February 14, 2021
Ollie Pope battles for an hour or so after lunch against raging spin. Kohli reverts to pace and Pope is caught down the leg side off M Siraj’s first ball – that’s cricket.
— Simon Mann (@Cricket_Mann) February 14, 2021
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