Star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant is once again on the receiving end of harsh criticism and trolls from the fans following yet another failure in the third T20I against New Zealand. The 25-year-old came to open the innings with the young wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan. Unfortunately, the Delhi batter could score only 11 runs off five balls with two boundaries to his name.
Notably, the Indian management and the skipper Hardik Pandya were already under fire for ignoring Sanju Samson once again from the playing XI. Rishabh Pant’s failure on another chance spoiled the taste of the Indian cricket fans. They went on to lash out at the southpaw for registering another misery in the T20 internationals.
Here’s how fans reacted to Rishabh Pant’s failure:
— Tigerexch (@tigerexch) November 20, 2022
Just look at the fitness of RP. Does he look alike an athlete? No way!
— Proud INDIAN (@IndianByBlood47) November 22, 2022
— shaanu (@shaanu62) November 21, 2022
That's why he plays test in every format 😂😂
— Naveen Dhaka (@royal7Rajasthan) November 21, 2022
Rishabh pant is overrated in white ball cricket ..this fascination with him has(replacement in 2019 wc when Rayudu was the there and persisted at no 4 for 18 months) and will cost india in white ball…
— Anand (@AnandSaha24) November 22, 2022
Saying Joe Biden Is "Mentally Fit" is like saying Rishabh Pant is "Physically Fit"…
— Chinnu Rao.. #ProudHindu 🇮🇳 (@bubblebuster26) November 22, 2022
Rishabh pant kha khakar mota Ho gya h ab usse batting nhi ho pa rhi
— Arjun Singh ॐ🇮🇳 (@T0mar_arjun_) November 22, 2022
I am a big fan on you rishabh pant Baha'i….. 17 will roaar😄 😉
— S. Harini (@Harinima12345) November 22, 2022
Rishab pant last 5 t20i innings
Avg. – 10.6 , St.- 129.26 , total – 53
Sanju Samson ❤ 🔥 –
Avg – 44.75 , St. – 158.40, total -179
Sanju Samson score more than three times Rishabh pant score.
— Dishant Choudhary (@Dishant13056509) November 22, 2022
— Avinash Sharma (@avinashrcsharma) November 22, 2022
Why Rishabh pant in this squad..why BCCI is desperate for him..
— Avtar Singh (@AvtarKu285219) November 22, 2022
Fact: Rishabh Pant (65) has played more T20i matches than Bumrah (60)
— Aakash (@AakashSingh64) November 22, 2022
Talking about the last five appearances of Rishabh Pant in the T20 internationals, he has scored only one inning where he crossed the individual mark of scoring runs in double-digit. The Indian management picked him in the last super-12 match against Zimbabwe followed by his appearance in the second semi-final of the tournament against England.
Pant failed to make an impact with the bat in both matches and could score only 3 and 6 runs respectively in both matches.
Speaking of the third T20I between India and New Zealand, the hosts won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 160 runs in 19.4 overs. Mohammed Siraj impressed everyone with his amazing performance by scalping four wickets by conceding just 17 runs in his quota of four overs. Other than him, Arshdeep Singh also scalped four wickets in his quota of four overs.
While chasing the target, the Indian team was playing on the score of 75 runs for the loss of four wickets in nine overs before the rain played the spoilsport. Eventually, the match ended up in a tie and Mohammed Siraj was adjudged ‘player of the match for his performance.