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IND vs SA 2nd Test: Gautam Gambhir lashes out at Rishabh Pant for his shot selection in second innings, calls it ‘stupidity’

The former Indian opener did not look too pleased with Rishabh Pant's approach and called his attitude 'stupidity'.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 6 January 2022 9:38 pm

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is known for his aggressive style of batting. But his attitude in the past few Test matches has not gone so well in his favour. He has often got out while trying to take on the bowlers. The same happened during India’s second innings of the second Test match against South Africa. Pant was dismissed caught behind for a three-ball duck while trying to hoick Kagiso Rabada across the line. The Indian batter received a lot of criticism from former cricketers including Gautam Gambhir for his batting approach.

The former Indian opener did not look too pleased with Rishabh Pant’s approach and called his attitude ‘stupidity’. Gambhir felt that the shot was uncalled for and should have been avoided looking at the situation of the match.

“There wouldn’t have been much criticism if he played the same shot in one-day cricket. But given the situation of the game, to play a shot like this… I’ve always believed that there is a very thin line between bravery and stupidity. You can’t call this bravery, it’s stupidity,” said Gambhir on Star Sports’ Byju’s Cricket Live.

“Even if you had scored a 25-30 from here and set a 230-240 run-target for South Africa, this game would’ve been out of their reach. Why do you want to bring South Africa back in the game? You’ve played in Test cricket for so long, you should know how to absorb such pressure,” he added.

Pant looked infuriated after his dismissal

Rishabh Pant himself looked utterly disappointed at his dismissal. He immediately realized what he had done wrong there as he nicked the short-pitch delivery from Rabada. Also, he smashed his bat at the advertising boards on his way back to the dressing room.

The 24-year-old is not having the best time in Test cricket. Pant has managed to score 205 runs from 11 innings since the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. He has crossed the 30-run mark only three times and scored only one half-century (50).

 

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