Rishabh Pant was dismissed for 0 in India’s second innings at Johannesburg© AFP
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha made a funny comment on India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant ahead of the third and final against South Africa in Cape Town. Ojha said Pant’s shot selection has forced him to have a “postpaid to prepaid connection”. Pant’s shot selection in India’s second innings at the Wanderers had drawn a lot of criticism. When India desperately needed another partnership after Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s 111-run stand, Pant ran down the track off Kagiso Rabada in an attempt to hit the top, but South Africa got an outside edge . keeper. The left-hander went back without bothering the scorers.
Ojha wrote on the social media app Koo, “Pant has forced himself from prepaid to postpaid with his shot selection.”
The former left-arm spinner also spoke about India’s selection dilemma for the series decider and said that Ishant Sharma should replace the injured Mohammad Siraj.
“If Siraj is not available for tomorrow’s game, Ishant should play. If he doesn’t it will be very surprising. Unfortunately, Vihari will make room for Virat,” Ojha said.
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, who confirmed his availability for the third Test after missing the previous Test due to a back spasm, backed an under-fire Pant to learn from his mistakes.
“We interacted with Rishabh during practice. A batsman knows if he has played the right shot according to the situation. As long as someone accepts that responsibility (it should be fine). I think progress is like that.” Sometimes because of our mistake and sometimes because of pressure. Sometimes because of bowler’s skill,” he said during a virtual press conference on Monday. .
“It is important to know what was your mindset at that moment. What decision did you make and where was your mistake. I think only after admitting your mistake we will improve and ensure that it is not repeated again “, They said. added further.
India will face South Africa in the deciding match on Tuesday.
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