After Sunil Gavaskar, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has also come down hard on Rishabh Pant for his irresponsible shot that led to his dismissal in the second innings of the Wanderers Test.
The visiting team was in a spot of bother when Rishabh Pant charged down the wicket to launch a big heave, only for him to get a faint edge which carried to the opposition keeper. The mode of dismissal didn’t go down well with many fans and former cricketers.
Gautam Gambhir lashed out at Pant and felt that the keeper-batter should have fought the situation instead of just throwing his wicket away.
“The easier thing to do is to keep sledging someone and the toughest thing is what you have to face when you have a bat in your hand. I would have liked Rishabh to probably fight in that situation rather than stepping out and going for a big one,” said Gambhir on the post-stumps show on Star Sports.
Incidentally, a couple of words were exchanged between Rishabh Pant and Rassie van der Dussen that charged the Indian batsman that eventually led to his dismissal.
‘Disappointment is a very understated word’ – Gautam Gambhir on Rishabh Pant
The former cricketer, who joined the Lucknow franchise as a mentor for IPL 2022, also cited the example of Proteas captain Dean Elgar and urged Rishabh Pant to learn from him.
“Disappointment is a very, very understated word to be honest because this is not how you should play Test cricket. Test cricket is about learning a lot from Dean Elgar and that’s the reason I have said that a lot of young Indian batters can learn a lot from Dean Elgar as well because when you play against world-class bowlers, they are not going to give you easy runs,” he said.
Meanwhile, the fourth day’s play has been delayed due to inclement weather. South Africa are 122 runs shy of levelling the three-match Test series.