Rishabh Pant could not keep his emotions in control after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in the ongoing 4-day warm-up game between Team India and Leicestershire at Grace Road.
The warm-up game began on Thursday (June 23) with Rohit Sharma deciding to bat first after winning the toss. Rohit and Shubman Gill opened the innings for the tourists. Both the batsmen were looking in good touch early on but failed to capitalise on their decent start.
Gill was the first to depart. The young opener had to depart after he edged a delivery from Will Davis behind the stumps where Rishabh Pant took an easy catch. Gill was out for 21 off 28 balls. He hit 4 boundaries during his short stay at the crease.
He and Rohit added 35 runs for the first wicket. 15 runs later, it was Rohit’s turn to return to the pavilion. The India skipper lost his wicket after his miscued a pull shot. Rohit departed after scoring 25 off 47 balls with the help of 3 boundaries.
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant celebrates Rohit Sharma’s dismissal:
An interesting incident took place right after Rohit was dismissed. The India skipper wanted to pull a short delivery from Roman Walker but could only miscue it to the leg side. And as soon as the fielder on the leg side took the catch, Rishabh Pant was seen celebrating Rohit’s dismissal.
Rishabh was patiently waiting for the fielder to complete the catch and as soon as it happened, he turned back and said something to the fielder standing at first slip before pumping his fist in the air. Pant’s gesture made it pretty clear that he was expecting such a dismissal and might have said the same to the Leicestershire player.
Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)
Pant along with three other India players – Cheteshwar Pujara, Prasidh Krishna and Jasprit Bumrah – are playing for Leicestershire in the warm-up game. The decision has been taken to give all the Indian players a chance to participate in the warm-up game and prepare for the upcoming Test.
Here is a clip of the incident:
☝️ | Rohit (25) c Sakande, b Walker.
Rohit pulls a short ball from @RomanWalker17 up into the sky, @AbiSakande is under the catch. 👐@imVkohli walks to the middle. Watch him bat. 👇
🇮🇳 IND 50/2
𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐌: https://t.co/adbXpw0FcA 👈
🦊 #IndiaTourMatch | #LEIvIND pic.twitter.com/5mxQJ5cLKK
— Leicestershire Foxes 🏏 (@leicsccc) June 23, 2022
Meanwhile, India have made a poor start in the warm-up game. At lunch on day one of the 4-day contest, the visitors were reeling at 90 for 5. Virat Kohli (9*) and Srikar Bharat (6*) were in the middle, battling it out for the tourists.