In the ongoing first Test match against the Aussies, Team India has gone all guns against the home team and has registered an epic win. While the Aussies are known for their good game, they have also been known for their sledging skills. But this time, it looks like the tables have turned and they were at the receiving end of it from none other than young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.
On day 5 of the Adelaide Test match, the Aussies were chasing 323 runs to win. At the loss of six wickets, the scoreboard read 161 with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins in the middle battling it out. Rishabh Pant remained a live wire in the opening session with his hilarious commentary from behind the stumps. “Let’s see some sixes, come on Patty”, “Not going for the shots Patty?” and “Tough to play here” were a few of his taunts even as he cheered R Ashwin on for a well-bowled over.
But Rishabh’s efforts went in vain as Cummins didn’t fall for it and continued playing his game. Rishabh’s video though caught former batting legend Sunil Gavaskar’s attention who was not amused by the youngster’s act while Michael Clarke was in support of it.
“I don’t agree with that (Pant sledging Cummins) it is good when you say things to motivate your bowler but you should not talk straight to the batsman. Also, you should not sledge the opposition’s fast-bowler when the next venue is Perth.” Gavaskar told the broadcasters.
Former Australian captain Clarke found Gavaskar’s comment funny and didn’t agree with his opinion with respect to Pant’s act in the middle. “It is good (Pant sledging). The idea is to create an environment where the batsman will feel uncomfortable with some banter. These two guys probably know each other well during their time together in the IPL with Delhi.” Clarke said.
The Virat Kohli lead Team India bagged a historic victory in the first Test match and repeated their 2003 feat when India won against the hosts by four wickets in Adelaide. They also made history by winning the first match of the series ever in Australia.