Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has found himself at the receiving end of criticism and trolling after he failed to contribute with the bat on day 4 of the third Test match at the Headingley Cricket Stadium, Leeds. The dynamic youngster is having a tough time with the bat in the ongoing 5-match Test series against England. So far, in the five innings, he has played, the swashbuckling left-hander has only managed to score 87 runs, with 37 being the highest runs.
The 23-year-old cricketer, who has played in all the three Tests matches so far in the ongoing series, hasn’t been able to leave a mark with his performance. In fact, on day 4 of the third Test match, Rishabh Pant’s patience was tested once again and he failed to contribute with the bat. He walked in to bat when team India was in a tough situation after skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara fell prey to England’s Ollie Robinson early in the morning session. He was dismissed by Ollie Robinson for just 1.
So far, in the ongoing series, he has scored a total of only 87 runs in the three Tests he has played, scoring 25 runs at Nottingham,37 and 22 at the Lord’s, and 2 and 1 at Leeds.
Meanwhile, fans on social media were left disappointed with the performance of Rishabh Pant and soon they started trolling him mercilessly. From hilarious memes to jokes, people came up with different reactions while trolling him. In fact, as soon as the Indian team lost the third Test match, Wriddhiman Saha started trending on Twitter.
Here, check out some of the reactions of Twitterati on this:
— ᴍᴀᴋᴜɴᴀ ʜᴀᴛᴀᴛᴀ ? (@_1929hrs) August 28, 2021
Interviewer: Why you select Rishabh Pant in every match, even though he is temporarily out of form.
— RK (@Rakeshk72798087) August 28, 2021
Rishabh pant is a great talent and one of the best players in the mix if not the best .But he still looks vulnerable against quality seamers specially in conditions like England .Batting coach should work on his technical woes ,most importantly his forward defense .
— Apar #LifeSucks (@VK18ADDICT) August 28, 2021
It’s been irritating to watch Rishabh Pant play in this series. He hasn’t been reliable in the DRS reviews. He isn’t good enough to bat at 6. I reckon he’s been a bit too casual so far. Kohli has got to consider a batter for Ishant and Ashwin for Jadeja in the next one. #ENGvsIND
— Burhan Ali (@burhan_7ali) August 28, 2021
Shastri Sir, team selection is the topic of discussion. Next match give a thought about it.
Wriddhiman Saha for Pant
Mayank Aggarwal for Rahul
Ashwin for Jadeja
Axar for Ishant
— Iftikhar (@iftekhar283) August 28, 2021
— cricketdon? (@cricket__143) August 28, 2021
Bring back don Saha in next match ?
— Rishav Raj (@risonustark1) August 28, 2021
Bring wriddhiman saha
— IamAkki (@Akkithelove) August 28, 2021
#ENGvsIND England condition in India..so don't feel sad.we can fight back like what did in Australia.we can win in any overseas condition but they not.but we should make some changes in next match
For 4th test
— Cover Drive ? (@CoverDrive17) August 28, 2021
Now some changes should be made in the next match.
– Ashwin replaces Ishant.
– Mayank Agarwal/Suryakumar Yadav replaces Rahane.
– Wriddhiman Saha in place of Rishabh Pant.#ENGvIND
— Hemant Kumar ?? (@Hemantkumar398) August 28, 2021
— The Mask (@_TheMask__) August 28, 2021