Rishabh Pant's Stumping Blunder In 2nd T20I Is Exactly Why We Miss MS 'God Of Keeping' Dhoni
For a cricketer who led India to new heights in international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have reached the twilight of his illustrious career, but his absence, amid an ongoing sabbatical, has clearly left a void in the national team. He may no longer be the finisher we once knew and even as his age is catching up with him, there is little doubt over his glovework behind the stumps.
His unorthodox style of wicketkeeping, just like his batting, has allowed him to be labelled as one of the most effective and street-smart keepers in the world. So much so, that even as the Indian selectors seem to have moved on to grooming young Rishabh Pant as his possible successor behind the stumps, Dhoni continues to be missed on the field.
During the second Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Bangladesh, the absence of Dhoni behind the stumps was rued, not only by the Indian team but also by the cricket fans.
During the sixth over of the Bangladesh innings at Rajkot, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Team India were denied a certain wicket thanks to over-excited Pant's stumping blunder. Chahal's brilliant delivery turned sharply from the middle-stump and completely deceived Bangladesh opener Liton Das, who found himself stranded outside the crease after coming down the pitch.
#RishabhPant messes up !! 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/3rEVqnNG7Z— Nishant Barai (@barainishant) November 7, 2019
But, what was supposed to be an easy stumping, eventually turned into a no-ball as Pant collected the ball just before the stumps. The stumping was referred to the third umpire and the replays highlighted that Pant's gloves were not behind the stumps before he collected the ball and whipped the bails off.
According to MCC's rule, 27.3 on wicketkeeping, the keeper shall remain wholly behind the wicket at the striker's end from the moment the ball comes into play until a ball delivered by the bowler. Sadly, Pant needed a reminding of that rule - one that he eventually learnt the hard way, as Indian cricket fans took the youngster to task on social media.
@RishabhPant17#INDvBAN— Debasish (@DebaDBhaduri) November 8, 2019
Audience waiting for Rishabh pant to do wicket keeping like Dhoni. pic.twitter.com/crS5sIFN2Y
Me after seeing Rishabh Pant keep'ng in #INDvBAN T20I Series.#IndvsBanpic.twitter.com/8juWK6HGww— Liberal_Indian 🇮🇳 (@GopalCh28653657) November 8, 2019
Rishabh Pant's gloves are like subtitles in a pirated movie. Zarurat se zyada aage chal rahe hain. #IndvBan— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 7, 2019
Rishabh Pant and his gloves ;-)#IndvsBan#INDvBANpic.twitter.com/gOnZY8ui8o— Chachcha_tumhare (@chachhatumhare) November 7, 2019
Rohit Sharma after seeing Rishabh Pant's wicket keeping #RishabhPant#IndvsBan#Pant#INDvBAN#BCCIpic.twitter.com/YQBKV7Ks7l— Ankur (@imAnkur30) November 7, 2019
legit pic.twitter.com/PtEev1VrXU— Arun LoL (@dhaikilokatweet) November 7, 2019
#IndvsBan— Sarcastic Ladki (@badassyy) November 7, 2019
Mahi fans to Rishabh Pant right now: pic.twitter.com/cDgxOelnum
Dear Rishabh Pant#INDvBANpic.twitter.com/Q1aGlBefUh— Ɖιvʏαиƨнʋ Mα∂нɛƨια (@sedative_tweets) November 7, 2019
Difference between Wicket Keeping of #Dhoni and #Pant#INDvBAN#pant#Dhoni#RishabhPant#Hitman#RohitSharma#Rohit#MSDhoni#Cricketpic.twitter.com/YncTQRfbCJ— CS Sudish Kumar Gupta 🇮🇳 (@SudishGuptaBJP) November 7, 2019
Rishabh Pant right now #IndvsBanpic.twitter.com/1YRD7XhmQ8— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) November 7, 2019
#Dhoni#Rishabh pant#INDvsBANpic.twitter.com/42Cedkfvvl— 🌈 (@memewatii) November 7, 2019
#IndvsBan— Rajesh Nayak (@msd_junior) November 7, 2019
Dhoni Rishabh pant pic.twitter.com/cU05Tn5utx
Pic 1 ~ When You Take Tutions From Dhoni Classes !— Whosthatguy 🙈🙉�� (@HumourouslyMe) November 7, 2019
Pic 2 ~ When You Take Tutions From BYJU Online Classes !#INDvBAN#rishabpantpic.twitter.com/hWKMwFAVR1
Following a tame loss in the first match, the Rohit Sharma-led India produced a strong batting show to script a convincing eight-wicket win. After restricting the visitors to 153/6, Rohit played a captain's knock, a 43-ball 85, and was adequately supported by Shikhar Dhawan (31) and Shreyas Iyer (24) to help the hosts level the three-match series 1-1.
Eyeing a series win, India and Bangladesh will now lock horns in the third and final T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on 10th November.