Rishabh Pant silence critics with cracking innings against West Indies

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After a reliable 50 in first ODI, Rishabh Pant scores a fiery 39 in second ODI


Rishabh Pant along with Shreyas Iyer created a storm of fours and sixes against West Indies in the 2nd ODI in Visakhapatnam. His small 39 runs of just 16 balls was the moment which completely changed the course of the game. He provided a much-needed push after Rohit Sharma got out scoring 159 in just 138 balls. Rohit was all set to score his 4th double-century but Sheldon Cottrell spoiled the early celebration of Hitman.

This small inning was just an example of how good Rishabh Pant is. He proved that he is a good investment for India and slapped those people who were asking his exit from the team. Rishabh Pant played his natural game and forged 73 runs partnership with Shreyas Iyer in just 25 balls. His innings helped Indian team reach 387 in 50 overs.

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Rishabh came into second ODI banking on a 71 runs knock

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Rishabh looking to catch the ball during the match against West Indies – 2019

Rishabh carrying his form from the last match where he scored 71 runs in just 69 balls exploded against the best bowler of Windies team – Sheldon Cottrell. He hammered him for 24 runs in one over including 2 six and 3 fours. Shreyas Iyer then followed it with 31 runs against Roston Chase by Shreyas Iyer.

Before this, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul laid a solid foundation and scored 227 runs for the first wicket which gave the license for the middle order to go hard on West Indies. India reached a mammoth total of 387 with late assaults from Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav. This humongous total was never easy to chase against the team that has Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav. India ultimately won the match by 107 runs.

With this innings, Rishabh Pant has gone a step further on cementing his place in the team. He was being criticized for his selections of shots and patience with the bat along with wicket-keeping skills. Experts think that his wicket-keeping skills will get better by time similar to MS Dhoni who became GOAT with time.

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