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‘Not learning from past dismissals’ – poor innings from Rishabh Pant disappoints Twitter, criticised for chasing wide balls

Rishabh Pant is facing a lot of criticism for his form in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. Today, in the fourth T20I he made a 23-ball 17 as India limped along at 6 r.p.o for the majority of their chase. They were saved from humiliation by a Dinesh Karthik masterclass in the final five overs and posted 169 in the end, but when Pant was batting it looked impossible for India to even reach 140.

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Highest score for No. 4 batter and skipper Rishabh Pant in the series is 29

Pant arrived after Shreyas Iyer fell for 4 at the end of the third over. He was part of two ponderous and futile partnerships, 16 (20) with Ishan Kishan and a truly awful 41 (40) alongside Hardik Pandya. The period following the powerplay were atrocious for India, with just 22 runs coming off five overs. Not that the powerplay was much better, they made 40 and lost two wickets.

Pant managed only two boundaries during his 23-ball stay at the crease. No doubt the pitch wasn’t ideal for batting, but though Hardik Pandya took his time initially, making 9(14), he stuck around till the death and more than made up for his slow start. He ended his innings on 46(31) at a strike-rate of 145. Pant could not capitalise, and struggled to time the ball throughout his innings.

A graphic shown during the game revealed how the majority of Pant’s dismissals this year have come about due to him chasing balls in the wide off stump channel, and that’s exactly what happened today. Keshav Maharaj bowled one that was low and very wide, and probably would’ve been declared so by the umpire had Pant just left it alone. Instead, he got down on knee, reached far outside and tried to swipe it, but only succeeded in getting a top edge that ballooned to Dwayne Pretorious at short third man.

Cricket Twitter believes it’s time for Pant to start learning from his mistakes.

Also read: Shreyas Iyer’s woes against pace continue

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