A lot was expected from Rishabh Pant after MS Dhoni was rested for the last two ODIs against Australia. He was given preference over Dinesh Karthik to prove his credentials ahead of the World Cup. However, his glovework was shabby all through Australia’s innings.
He was booed by the fans during the match and they even chanted Dhoni Dhoni to remind him of his duties. Apart from dropping catches, he missed the easiest of stumping chance to give reprieve to Ashton Turner, who won the game for his side in the end.
Pant also tried to copy MS Dhoni to run Alex Carey out but the ball went past the stumps, leading to more embracement.
Here’s how fans reacted to Pant’s shabby glovework.
— ???????? ???? (@tazaa_samachar) March 10, 2019
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) March 10, 2019
— Manish Kumar ???? (@ManishK48492830) March 10, 2019
— raman yeole (@ramanyeole) March 10, 2019
Everyone can’t be Dhoni !
Rishabh Pant is looking like a fool here!#IndvsAus
— Shekhar ?? (@Shekhar_O7) March 10, 2019
What a scene here at Mohali !
Rishabh Pant tried to copy Dhoni’s style but failed & the Crowd Started Chanting Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni!!!!!!
Everyone Missing Dhoni Today!#INDvAUS
— Akshit Sharma (@ShrmaGka_Ladka) March 10, 2019
Few of the fans even called for Dinesh Karthik’s return to the World Cup squad.
Dinesh Karthik should be included in the WC squad as a back up for Dhoni . Pant is young and too early to criticise him. Only the best should be in playing 11 . If Pant is learning let he learn in domestic. DK deserves Odis. Mistake to not pick him in AUS series.
— गोर्खा Krishna শর্মা (@krishnasharmaP) March 10, 2019
Yes you can invest in him but it will be better after the WC 2019.If you want to select second keeper for WC will prefer Dinesh Karthik for his experience and can fit him in any order in batting lineup..Opening to finishing..It comes for him because of his vast experience.
— Sheik (@Sheik23593249) March 10, 2019
Keep doing these rubbish politics and leave a better keeper, much experienced and batsman like @DineshKarthik out of the team..shame on you and your aakashvani.. #INDvAUS @KKRiders @KKRUniverse @VenkyMysore
— Manjunathab (@iamrbmanjunatha) March 10, 2019
Dinesh Karthik should be given chance ahead of Pant as a 2nd WK. Drop KL Rahul,he is a complete waste.
— Spandan Patnaik (@spandanizm) March 10, 2019