‘It’s arrogance at its best’: Dale Steyn on Rishabh Pant playing reverse-scoops off James Anderson and Jofra Archer

Steyn mentioned that it is disrespectful for any fast bowler to see his delivery being reverse-scooped over the boundary line.

Abel John Author

Updated - 19 June 2021 1:09 pm

Veteran South African fast bowler Dale Steyn reckoned that it would have been embarrassing for him to bowl at Rishabh Pant. Steyn stated that he would fire a bouncer to Rishabh Pant's head if he ever played a reverse-scoop shot off his over's first delivery in a Test match. Steyn mentioned that Pant may not want to show the same audacity while playing outside India. Rishabh Pant played two reverse-scoops during England's India tour earlier this year. First, he played that shot off James Anderson's bowling during the fourth Test of the series. Then, he reverse-scooped a delivery from Jofra Archer during the T20I series.

“Is it still in the rulebook, can I roll the ball down the pitch because I would feel that embarrassed to run in and bowl another ball, but I can tell you that he would know where I am bowling the next ball, and that's gonna be a short ball. That's a 100%," said Dale Steyn.

That’s disrespectful to do that kind of reverse scooping stuff: Steyn

“That’s disrespectful to do that kind of reverse scooping stuff. What he did to James Anderson to India, I doubt he will do it anywhere else in the world, but at that time, he looked red-hot and he was batting in such good form. I think he did it to Jofra Archer also. It’s arrogance at its best. It is amazing,” added Steyn.

Steyn further added that it is disrespectful for any fast bowler to see his delivery being reverse-scooped over the boundary line. The veteran pacer heaped rich praise on Rishabh Pant's batting skills. Dale Steyn concluded by saying that Rishabh Pant is a great batsman with good eyes but he would go for Pant's head the next ball if he ever reverse-scooped him for a six.

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