From getting booed and listening to the chants of “Dhoni, Dhoni” on his every mistake to making them chant his name, Rishabh Pant has finally made a solid comeback in the first ODI against West Indies.
Well, Rishabh Pant has been under the scanner of critics for a long time because of his inconsistency. He was converting every opportunity given to him to failure. Rishabh Pant also failed to deceive in the just concluded T20Is against the West Indies, where he scored only 51 runs.
In the decider T20I against West Indies, Rishabh Pant scored a duck and as a result, he was brutally trolled by netizens who reckoned that Sanju Samson should have been given the opportunity instead of Rishabh Pant.
However, he has now made a stunning comeback and scored a 69-ball 71 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Rishabh Pant came into bat after India had already lost its prominent players including skipper Virat Kohli and openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the first 20 overs. Rishabh Pant had an ample amount of time to get his form back.
The wicketkeeper-batsman left everyone stunned as he smashed the bowlers of West Indies to all the corners of the ground. Rishabh started slowly and gave support to Shreyas Iyer, who has been in a great form ever since he returned to the Indian squad. Rishabh and Shreyas, both the batsmen brought back the much-needed momentum needed by the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant went on to score 71 runs in 69 balls. He smashed 7 fours and 1 six as he won the hearts of Indian cricket fans again.
Meanwhile, Twitterati was relieved with Pant making a comeback and gaining his form back. Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
On a pitch where everybody struggled and the second best S/R in the Top 5, was 80, @RishabhPant17 came in at 80/3 and batted at a S/R of 102.89 while rebuilding the innings!
This is why he should be backed! #INDvWI #RishabhPant #INDvsWI
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) December 15, 2019
Brilliant innings from Rishabh Pant. This is what i always said. When he comes early in innings, he will score a lot of runs.
Has now scored fifty in all 3 formats. More to come. 👏👏
Chennai crowd were excellent for cheering #RishabhPant. #INDvWI #INDvsWI @RaviShastriOfc
— Shiv RKVian 🇮🇳 (@itsShivam18) December 15, 2019
Rishabh Pant After Scoring Fifty pic.twitter.com/fflicY46pM
— Sarcastic 3 (@3Sarcastic) December 15, 2019
Whew!! Finally, Rishabh Pant made a decent contribution. Hope it’s not a flash in the pan. But he eventually got out in his typical immature way. Anyways, well played Rishabh.
— Rajiv Madhavan (@MadhavanRajiv) December 15, 2019
Now some people will say, Dhoni’s time is over just because #RishabhPant
Scored a 50 in chennai
— अरुणाक्ष भंडारी (@imarunaksh) December 15, 2019
Rishabh Pant to his trollers after today’s inning of 71 runs: pic.twitter.com/KsohyRpkfn
— Raj Yadav ॐ (@Loyal_ICTfan) December 15, 2019
Shreyas iyer & RISHABH PANT played really well today,matured inning good partnership & ??stroke play good thing for #TeamIndia #INDvsWI
— Roshni Tapadia (@RoshniTapadia) December 15, 2019
Kind of fight back you expect from your Middle order when your top order fails, scintillating half century by both Iyer and Pant. Iyer playing it calmly whereas Pant is the aggressor in the partnership!#RishabhPant #shreyasiyer
— Govind Katiyar (@govindmagix) December 15, 2019
Remember how Many chances Rohit Sharma got??
It’s been only 13 matches for Rishabh Pant.. Go easy on him..
— Ekita (@LostByWaves) December 15, 2019
@StarSportsIndia where are Rishabh Pant’s trollers today? #AskTheExpert
— Raaz Keplerhume (@KeplerhumeRaaz) December 15, 2019
Haters gonaa hate.
Rishabh pant proved what he is capable of.
Hate him or love him. But u can not ignore him. #RishabhPant
— Jitendra singh (@jitu24x7) December 15, 2019
Now Who Is Saying That @DelhiCapitals Should Trade Rishabh Pant To @ChennaiIPL? ?? #INDvsWI #RishabhPant
— Oggy ? (@SirOggyBilla) December 15, 2019