India vs West Indies: Rishabh Pant regains form with maiden ODI fifty
Rishabh Pant regained his lost form as he scored his maiden ODI fifty in the first match against West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
The under-fire wicket-keeper batsman, who was judicious with his shot selection throughout the innings, got to his maiden ODI fifty off 49 balls.
The Delhi wicketkeeper came to bat when India were struggling at 80 runs for the loss of three wickets. Rishabh Pant stitched up a solid 114-run stand with Shreyas Iyer to steady India’s innings. Rishabh Pant, who was dismissed by Kieron Pollard for 71, smashed 7 boundaries and 1 six in his innings.
Before this innings, Rishabh Pant had managed just one half-century in limited-overs cricket since his century in the Sydney Test against Australia in January this year. He has scored just 188 runs at an average of 23.55 in the 9 ODIs he has played in so far in 2019 while in 16 T20Is, he has scored 252 runs at 21.00 with 65* being his highest score.
Pant has two Test centuries and that too, in England and Australia but his ODI record has not been impressive. His ODI record reads 228 runs in ten innings with the best show – 48 against Bangladesh in Birmingham earlier this year – coming in a winning cause.
Rishabh Pant has been guilty of giving away his wicket by playing rash shots throughout this year and as a result, fans have started troll him whenever he fails to fire. His wicket-keeping has also suffered due to a lack of confidence and poor technique.
However, Indian team management has been consistently backing the Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper in playing XI.
Earlier, India lost the wickets of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in quick succession after being put on to bat first in the opening ODI in Chennai. WI pacer Sheldon Cottrell took the pace off the ball as KL Rahul got a leading edge to Shimron Hetmyer. Skipper Virat Kohli, who got off the mark with a boundary past mid-off, departed soon after. Virat chopped on after trying to guide a slower delivery from Cottrell to the third man.