If it doesn’t keep that in mind like the 2018 Oval, 2021 Sydney and 2021 Gabba, it’s other batsmen, not Rishabh Pant. That’s how he hit some excellent Proteas bowling at the wicket on day three and it totally changed the momentum of the game.
India had lost two wickets in two runs in a day when he walked into the bat, while Kohli still struggled with his tendency to cover driving, at the other end. It didn’t take long before Pant was in trouble.
Pant bowled as Kohli held back South Africa’s attack with defensive ball after ball and carefully calculated leaves. Running from his bat, South Africa’s offense took the lead in the first hour of the day, starting to find new ways to deal with it and losing rhythm.
By the end of lunch, Pant had hit an excellent 50, and he was careful to hit anything that was too wide or too long before cashing out the rest. Kohli moved to 28 on 127 balls, but Pant’s 50 came in on 57 balls.
Shortly after lunch, Kohli died of his weakness: cover drive – driving a car close to Aiden Markram on the second slide out of Lungi Ngidi, but Pant was still in his area.
This is obvious when Marco Jensen, in an attempt to provoke Pant, angrily threw the ball to the bowler after pushing the ball back defensively to the bowler. Calm as ever, Pant blocked a wild pitch against the stumps and stood expressionless under South Africa’s minimal aggression.
Watch the video of Rishabh Pant’s ba defensive bat against Jansen’s furious pitch here
Jansen shows how he really feels about Pant today pic.twitter.com/GJ89sMyD9n
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In the post-lunch game, Pant and Kohli gained more control, with the latter bolting to his death on lengths and lines he had previously avoided.
It is worth noting that Pant was incensed by Rassie van der Dussen in the last Test, which allowed him to hit an ugly ball against Kagiso Rabada. Jansen’s attempt was similar to Pant’s threatening to take the game away from the hosts.