India vs Australia 4th ODI Mohali: Indian skipper Virat Kohli looked disappointed at Rishabh Pant as he gifted a single after failing to pull off an MS Dhoni-esque stumping.
Sunday evening posed as a golden opportunity for young Rishabh Pant to make a strong case for a World Cup selection. There was no Dinesh Karthik, nor was there MS Dhoni and hence he was given the responsibility behind the stumps. But a wobbly Pant messed up his glovework in the three crucial chances he got in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali leaving not just the fans and spectators upset but also left the Indian skipper Virat Kohli miffed during the match.
It was in the 44th over of the match. Yuzvendra Chahal was into the attack against Alex Carrey. The ball got trapped on Carrey pads after taking an edge of the bat and rolled to the left side of the pitch. In the midst of the shot, Carrey stepped outside and hence Pant sensing a run-out opportunity, took a step to the left and pulled off an MS Dhoni-esque no-look flick back towards the stump. But the ball failed to hit the target and with no one to cover up the mis-throw, Carrey managed to take the single.
Entire Mohali crowd began to chant ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ and when the camera turned to Kohli, he too looked miffed as he raised his arms in disappointment.
He had also missed two more chances during Australia’s innings – one off Chahal and another off Kuldeep Yadav. Talking about the failed stumping opportunity, Kohli said in the post-match presentation, “Crucial (about the stumping chance), we were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances.”
Earlier in the day, Pant had scored 36 off 24 balls on a flat track suitable for batting. The four boundaries and a six came at a strike rate of 150.