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‘Play him as a batsman in Tests’ – Rishabh Pant misses another stumping chance

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Early on day three of the first India-England Test in Chennai, Rishabh Pant missed a fairly straightforward chance to stump Jack Leach off R Ashwin‘s bowling.

Rishabh Pant’s wicketkeeping ability in subcontinental conditions has always been subject to debate and in the first three days of the Chennai Test, all eyes have been on how he fares behind the stumps. He was chosen ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in the playing XI.

Rory Burns had edged one down the leg-side off Jasprit Bumrah’s first ball in home Tests, but Pant put down a difficult chance. That was attributed to Pant jumping to the wrong side and the ball going well down leg-side, and thus, did not trigger many reactions.

However, on day three, Pant had a lot of time to try and stump the batsman. But he fumbled behind the stumps and the ball slipped through his gloves as Leach got back in easily. Ashwin seemed miffed at the simple chance going down and brought his arms to his face in frustration.

Here are a few reactions to the miss from Rishabh Pant:


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