When both Pant and Iyer walked in to bat at No. 4

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-09-24 08:29:00

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  • While Pant headed out from the dugout, Iyer walked down from the dressing room.
  • It almost seemed like the constant muddle across formats at the No. 4 position had started to confuse the batsmen too!
  • Even as an amused Kohli looked on, Pant joined his skipper at the crease.
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BENGALURU: There wasn't much for India to rejoice in the eighth over during the third and final T20I match against South Africa here on Sunday night. Shikhar Dhawan had just been dismissed by Tabraiz Shamsi. As television cameras panned towards the dugout, first Rishabh Pant walked in.

To everyone's surprise, he was followed by Shreyas Iyer. While Pant headed out from the dugout, Iyer walked down from the dressing room. It almost seemed like the constant muddle across formats at the No. 4 position had started to confuse the batsmen too! Even as an amused Virat Kohli looked on, Pant joined his skipper at the crease.

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"The batting coach (Vikram Rathour) had a word with both of them and there was a misunderstanding of who had to go at what stage of the game. So, it was a bit funny afterwards because they both wanted to walk in. It would have been very funny if they had reached the pitch... three batsmen in the field," added Kohli.

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"We had it planned according to phases. After 10 overs, we decided Rishabh would walk in. Before that Shreyas had to walk in. So, I think both of them got confused and didn't realise who had to walk in at what stage of the game."

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Kohli took everyone by surprise by opting to bat on a surface which generally favours chasers. Kohli's decision bordered around shocking especially since he's spent his IPL career playing at the venue, so there weren't many in the team management who knew the surface better than him.

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"It (loss) was a combination of good bowling (by SA) and not great decision-making (by India). These games will keep happening as long as we want to come out of our comfort zones as a team and put ourselves in a situation, which could be the case in a big game in a big tournament. Unless you do that and start taking those risks, you are going to be put under pressure somewhere or the other.

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