Throughout the summer, the banter battle between Australia’s Tim Paine and India’s Rishabh Pant offered a quirky highlight.
The famous babysitting photo was almost a sign of the changing culture of the Australian cricket team after the nightmare fallout of the ball-tampering scandal.
But if you ask Pant how he feels about stump mic today, he might have a different opinion.
The 21-year-old India star plays for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League and sparked a social media storm, which saw him accused of match-fixing after a statement he made was picked up on the stump mic.
A video went viral last night in the fourth over of Delhi’s match against the Kolkata Knight Riders after Sandeep Lamichhane took the wicket of KKR’s Nikhil Naik for seven.
It brought former India limited overs international Robbie Uthappa to the crease.
Before the first ball, Pant is alleged to have said “yeh to chauka hai” which translates as “this is a boundary”.
The ball duly went to the boundary after a cover drive from Uthappa, sparking social media concern.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were quick to get out in front of the issue, releasing a statement to dismiss any claims of foul play.
“No one heard what Rishabh said before that particular sentence. He was apparently telling (Delhi Capitals captain) Shreyas Iyer to increase fielders on off-side to stop an imminent four,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
“Maligning a young cricketer without even knowing the details is so unfortunate. (That) A section of media allowed the social media to insinuate and vilify a young talent without getting into details is so disgusting.”
But the video quickly made the rounds, although Hotstar, which holds the streaming rights of the IPL, is attempting to remove clips of the incident due to illegal use of the footage.
The match, which went down to a Super Over, the first of the season, was an absolute thriller.
Kolkata kicked off the match with 8/185, with Pant taking an absolute screamer to remove Aussie Chris Lynn for 20.
The match had ended in a tie after Delhi finished their 20 overs on 6/185 for six with Prithvi Shaw hitting 99 at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada then returned to bowl two perfect yorkers in the Super Over to Kolkata batsman Andre Russell.
Russell, who had smashed 62 off 28 deliveries, squeezed the first ball for four, blocked the second and then lost his middle stump.
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He restricted the Knight Riders to just seven in reply to Delhi’s 10.
“Obviously lots of nerves… You have to keep your wits about you and be really clear on what you have to bowl,” the 23-year-old Rabada said.
“I just went with yorkers and it worked in the end. I was clear and backed my plan.”
Pant kicked off the series with a rapid 78 off 27 balls with former Aussie captain and Delhi coach saying he’d he’s got a huge future ahead of him, saying he has an X-factor.
After three games, the Capitals are fourth on the IPL ladder.
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Publish date : 2019-04-01 07:02:21