India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had a tough day on the field during the third Test’s opening day on Thursday (January 7). Pant was criticized for dropping two catches of Australia’s debutant Will Pucovski.
Pucovski went on to score a half-century, fully utilizing the two lifelines. The first chance came to Pant when R Ashwin bowled beautifully to produce an edge.
Pant couldn’t hold on to the ball and Ashwin was in shock seeing an easy catch put down. Pucovski survived again after Mohammed Siraj managed to trouble the 22-year-old with a bouncer. He gloved the ball which was dropped by Pant after a failed dive.
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Fans were not pleased with Pant’s glovework and the Twitterati immediately expressed their disapproval. Some also went on to tweet about Wriddhiman Saha’s inclusion in the side.
Saha is considered a techinically better wicket-keeper, but he was replaced in the side because of his batting failures. On the other hand, Pant hasn’t done too well with the gloves which is a headache for the team.
Here are the tweets:
TwitterWhen Saha When Pant
drops catches. drops catches pic.twitter.com/vfn91zdOn7
— The Joker ???? (@Joker122018) January 7, 2021
Scenes when pant says c’mon ash next time. pic.twitter.com/TWlYfgNMXP
— Heisenberg☢ (@internetumpire) January 7, 2021
#IndiavsAustraliaRavi shashtri Selecting pant as a keeper???? pic.twitter.com/VqleEU7fKQ
— Harshit Agrawal (@harshit27272) January 7, 2021
Saha Drops Tough Catch , Twitter reaction :- He is old , Waste , Remove him , Bring in Pant , He is not Saha but he is HahaPant Drops Tough Catch , Twitter reaction :- He is cute , He is naughty , Let me quote Cricviz . https://t.co/s1bLa8orzM
— Sai (@akakrcb6) January 7, 2021
Pant plays saha looks better
Saha plays pant looks better
— Fan in Exile fan (@PrasadGuggilam) January 7, 2021
#AUSvIND #AUSvsINDIndian Fans :
Saha doesnt score —> Bring In pant He will score For IndiaPant drops catch —> Bring In Saha ,He can keep better than PantSelectors: pic.twitter.com/aGRs6RhvGf
— Pepe (@AkshayRKumar3) January 7, 2021
Saha after watching Pant dropping catches – pic.twitter.com/T4w6O7i7DZ
— ???????????????????????? ???????????????????? (@AshishSingh154) January 7, 2021
Same old story
Pant can’t keep
Saha can’t bat
— tharkolai.exe (@_nathJr) January 7, 2021
When Saha doesn’t score runs, pick Pant in the side. When Pant drops a few… where is Saha?The puzzle. As expected, Saha is trending.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) January 7, 2021
Pant dropping catches…..
W. Saha :- pic.twitter.com/lvjvysQ5vx
— The Witty Man (@thewittyman1710) January 7, 2021
*Rishabh Pant already dropped two catches today**Meanwhile Wriddhiman Saha-: pic.twitter.com/oGkDW1u9C4
— Pulkit????/// (@sarcasticyadav_) January 7, 2021
Pant learned nothing from his Delhi Capitals coach. Could have easily did this for a wicket. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/30D9OouMJJ
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 7, 2021