Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who replaced MS Dhoni in the fourth ODI against Australia at Mohali, missed a stumping chance, handing Ashton Turner a reprieve. Turner turned the match on its head taking the attack to the Indians, riding his luck.
Pant was booed by the Mohali crowd as he stood exposed behind the wickets with very clumsy glove work.
Pant missed a chance to dismiss Turner on 38. and the Big Bash hero went on to play a match-winning knock of 84 from just 43 balls and help Australia level the 5-match series at 2-2.
India have never lost a ODI after posting 350+ total, but that streak ended as Australia hunted down 359 runs.
DHONI DHONI— Manas (@LyricalManas) March 10, 2019
Diff between stumping of MSD & Pant pic.twitter.com/wwNiBiUKXP
The crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, visibly miffed at the missed opportunity that would have given India control, chanted "Dhoni... Dhoni" after Pant's expensive errors, that even left skipper Virat Kohli exasperated.
Pant's mistakes...!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9Kpkdox— Vidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019
The 21-year-old looked shoddy with his glove work and the dew in Mohali didn't help his case as well.
Replacing, Dhoni, who was rested for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia, Pant seemed to focus more on his chirping skills than his keeping, and wasn't spared on social media as well.
India’s bowing flopped after a long time, rhe fielding went to pieces towards the end, Pant missed out on oppoetunity to make big impact— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019
Shikhar Dhawan, speaking at the post-match presser, defended Pant.
"Rishabh is a young bloke and like any other youngster, you have to give time to him. Rishabh is still finding his feet. You cannot compare Pant to Dhoni [bhai], given the experience he has having played over the years," Dhawan told the media in Mohali.
"Of course, had the stumping chance been taken, it could have turned the game. Having said that, the game slipped away from out hands quite quickly after that. The dew also played its part n the game. But that's what it is."
Rishabh Pant's Instagram right now.— Abhishek (@ImAbhishek7_) March 10, 2019
Come on Dhoni fans, He doesn't deserve this pic.twitter.com/wUheEEmsEk
This was so bad from the crowd. Genuinely felt bad for Pant. He's a kid. It's his first ODI as a keeper & crowd was chanting Dhoni Dhoni & were booing Pant when he missed that run out backflick chance. No matter what, Ffs he's an Indian player. At least use some sense #INDvAUS— Saurabh (@imsgshinde2) March 10, 2019