New Delhi. Rishabh Pant’s one-handed shot is not new. You can often see him in matches hitting a big shot or six with one hand. In the third Test match being played in Cape Town between India and South Africa, Rishabh Pant has once again appeared in his old style. Batting in the second innings of the Indian team, Rishabh Pant tried to hit a big shot. During this attempt, Pant’s bat slipped from his hands and fell away, but after this the young wicketkeeper did something with his bat, which is being highly praised on social media.
On the first ball of the 60th over, Duan Olivier bowled a wide type ball to Rishabh Pant. Apparently Olivier was trying to get him caught deep on the off side. The wicketkeeper-batsman also accepted the challenge. He tried to hit big on this ball. Rishabh hit the shot using the steps, but it did not come properly on the bat. But during this the ball fell on one side and Rishabh Pant’s bat left his hand and fell on the other side. Usually when Pant plays such a shot, his bat remains in one hand, but this time something different happened.
The ball went towards square leg, but Rishabh Pant’s bat fell in the other direction towards deep point. However, thankfully, there was no fielder or umpire standing in the direction in which the bat fell. Because of this no one was saved from getting hurt. Pant laughed and went to pick up the bat and then raised the bat and gave him respect. Pant picked up the bat and respected it by touching it with his fingers and kissing them. It was similar to what young children in some parts of India are taught to do with books, stationery and money.
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This video of Pant is becoming fiercely viral on social media. Where fans are unable to stop their laughter when Pant’s bat is flying on one side. On the other hand, fans are also praising the young player fiercely for giving such respect to the bat.
— Prateek (@cricket_buddy1) January 13, 2022
— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) January 13, 2022
The way Rishabh got up and kissed the bat after the fall of the bat! It shows the love and respect of him towards cricket My respect gonna even more high for this man👏#RishabhPant #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/2D2ptCySwx
— Anjali (@imAnjali718) January 13, 2022
Rishabh Pant played his best innings after more than a year at Wanderers. Pant came to the crease after India’s four wickets fell on the third day. He played a good role in Virat Kohli’s support as he faced some tough times from South Africa before going back to his natural game. After the wicket of Virat Kohli, he continued his aggression while playing some risky shots. Duan Olivier and Keshav Maharaj were his main targets.
He added 94 runs for the fifth wicket with Virat Kohli (29 runs off 143 balls), in which the Indian captain contributed 15 runs. After this Rishabh Pant did not get much support from the other end. Pant completed his fourth Test century by taking a run off Yansen. He hit six fours and four sixes in 133 balls. He is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in South Africa. On his century, everyone in the Indian dressing room stood and applauded.