'Tough To Play Here': Rishabh Pant Sledging Pat Cummins From Behind Stumps Has Got Twitter Talking
The Indian wicket-keeper tried his bit to unnerve Cummins during the entirety of Ashwin's over.
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Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant took over the commentary for an entire over during Day 5 of a thrilling Test between India and Australia and cricket fans have mixed reactions about his performance.
The hosts resumed the final day at 104 for 4 chasing 323, slipped to 187 for 7 but still managed to get to 291 after which they were bowled out in what was gradually becoming a tense finish.
Pat Cummins (28 off 121), Nathan Lyon (38*) and Mitchell Starc (28 off 44) kept India at bay, but India's persistence with the ball won them the game. Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami got three wickets each while Ishant Sharma got one.
However, the spirited batting display from the Aussies led the Indians to resort to drastic measures, with Pant leading the pack. As the scorecard read 161/6, the energized keeper, who gloved 11 Australian batsmen, tried to get under the skin of Pat Cummins by launching in to an attack of words behind the stumps.
"Come on Pat, you're not putting the bad ball away!" Pant quipped during Ashwin's over. "Tough to play here," he added in an attempt to unnerve the batsman.
The one-sided banter was picked up by stump mic and the recording soon went viral on Twitter.
"Not everyone is Pujara here""It's not easy to survive man""Come on Pat, hit some sixes""Keep bowling in the patch to Pat""Come on Pat - you’re not putting the bad ball away"Rishabh Pant is causing lots of Paine to already injured Australia. #INDvAUS #AUSvIND— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 10, 2018
Many felt that Pant was fighting "fire with fire" as Aussies are arguably one of the biggest sledgers of the game.
Love it!— Yesterdays Hero (@YesterdaysH) December 10, 2018
Gold banter— Luke Chambers (@lukeychambers) December 10, 2018
Tim Paine's leadership is worse than Rahul Gandhi's. Australia without Smith and Warner are weaker than Vijay Krishna Acharya's direction in Thugs Of Hindostan .Rishabh Pant is a better troll behind the stumps than average bhakt on twitter.— Adit¥∆ M∆€∆£ (@jhunjhunwala) December 10, 2018
Not all were appreciative of Pant's stump-mic antics.
For god's sake shut the stump microphone and spare us from Rishabh Pant. This guy is just annoying. Wish they could tape his mouth #AusvInd— debanu (@debanu_93) December 10, 2018
Rishabh Pant is irritating!!Which is a good thing... Pat Cummins might want to smack one or two... #AusvInd— Siddharth (@Draviddict) December 10, 2018
Rishabh Pant becomes as irritating as Kamran Akmal behind the stump mic. #AUSvIND— Udit (@udit_buch) December 10, 2018
Cummins' heroic resistance came to an end with Australia 64 runs behind after he chased a wide delivery from Bumrah and edged it to slip.
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