India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant and spinner Axar Patel are known to share a great bonding with each other. The same was on display when Patel pulled Pant's leg over his recent social media post. Notably, both the cricketers are currently in the United Kingdom as a part of India's squad for the ongoing five-match Test series against England. The Virat Kohli-led side is currently leading the series 1-0.
While Pant has played both the Test matches so far, India have gone ahead with just one spinner in Ravindra Jadeja which has meant no place for Patel in the XI. On Sunday, Pant shared a picture on his Instagram account where he could be seen in casual attire. Pant captioned the post as: "Class ka sabse shareef ladka”, which roughly translates to "the most well-mannered boy in the class."
Soon after, Axar was quick to see Pant's post and left a hilarious comment. He wrote, "Wo jo hai photo le raha tha" implying "The most well-mannered boy is the one who took the picture." The two of them were earlier also seen training in the gym ahead of the match. Pant, who has so far not made a half-century in the first two Tests, is likely to be retained in the XI for the third Test which goes underway from August 25.
Here is the Instagram post:
Meanwhile, former India opener Virender Sehwag had a word of advice for Pant. While sharing his views on Pant’s dismissal in the Lord’s Test, Sehwag said that Pant perhaps needs to avoid going forward against the England bowlers all the time.
"He will also have to understand, as he keeps playing cricket going forward, that he is uncomfortable against that line and length. So he will have to improve there. Either he has to leave them or hit. It is not that the ball was going away too much with the angle; it is near the off stump. But if it comes in from there, he is neither going to get LBW nor bowled," he was quoted.