After successive dismissals against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Rishabh Pant was told not to reverse the sweep of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman RISHABH PANTS has emerged as a turning point for the Men in Blue at the number three batting position in the current ICC T20 World Cup 2024. After 18 months away from international cricket, Pant has strengthened the Indian team’s middle order with his aggressive batting style in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

In five innings, the left-handed batsman amassed 152 runs at an impressive strike rate of 135.7. His ability to speed up the innings when the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli Failure to give India a good start has proven crucial to their fortunes in the ongoing tournament.

Rishabh Pant’s reverse sweep leaves Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma angry

Despite occasional dismissals due to risky shots like the reverse sweep, Pant’s fearless approach has made him a vital asset in the indian cricket teamPant’s quest to win the T20 World Cup in 2024. However, Pant’s 20 runs against Afghanistan and 36 runs against Bangladesh in the Super-8 matches demonstrated his ability to dominate once settled on the field.

However, the dismissals of the Indian keeper on both occasions while attempting the reverse sweep have led to discussions and animated gestures from Indian captain Rohit and Kohli. Pant fell LBW to Afghanistan captain and star Rashid Khan as he made a mistake at short third man against Bangladesh while playing the reverse sweep shot in the Super-8 matches.

Kohli’s visible disappointment over Pant’s dismissal against Bangladesh in Antigua has drawn widespread attention from commentators and fans. From lively discussions with Rohit in the dugout to a direct conversation with Pant himself, Kohli’s concern was evident about taking his wicket.

The number three batsman’s original gestures suggested that he wants Pant to adopt more caution in playing such risky shots, particularly in crucial phases of the game, as the T20 World Cup 2024 nears its end.

Former Indian cricketers defend Virat Kohli’s reaction; Hit Rishabh Pant’s shot selection in Super-8 stage of T20 World Cup 2024

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Piyush Chawla warned that repeating the same mistake could pose problems for Pant, especially in crucial matches where top teams grab such opportunities at the global event. He also mentioned that Rohit and Kohli were not happy with Pant.

Chawla said on air: “If you make the same mistake twice, right now it’s fine, but in important games you may have problems because big teams don’t let these opportunities slip away. Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli agree on that. Because they know what Pant is capable of.”

On the other hand, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and commentator Deep Dasgupta also reacted to Kohli’s animated chat with Pant after his wicket against Bangladesh. Dasgupta said on air: “Kohli could be seen talking to him now. He was playing very well, Rishabh. Was there a need to take that shot in that situation?

Another Indian commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, later joined Chawla and Dasgupta in the discussion on Kohli’s reaction to Pant’s wicket in Antigua. Manjrekar said: “If you noticed Virat Kohli’s reaction… when Rishabh Pant came out, Kohli didn’t know that the camera was pointed at him. He reacted immediately and then hid his face with a towel. The same way fans would have reacted to him being sacked, Kohli did the same.”