In what seemed to be a repeat of his shot towards James Anderson, Rishabh Pant reverse-flicked England quick bowler Jofra Archer for a six within the first T20I on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Pant left Archer bemused by reverse flicking him for a six within the fifth ball of the fourth over of India’s innings.
It was a quick supply round 141 km/h that pitched on leg stump and Pant, who premeditated the shot, stood straight however positioned the bat on the right place to flick it over the slips and likewise the ropes to gather the primary six of India’s innings.
That Pant tried this shot after India misplaced opener KL Rahul for 1 and captain Virat Kohli for a duck after England opted to bowl first, speaks volumes about his mindset as a batsman.
WATCH VIDEO: Rishabh Pant reverse-flicks Jofra Archer for a six
This isn’t the primary time Pant performed such a shot. The attacking left-hander who’s making a comeback within the India T20I facet, had reverse swept James Anderson for a boundary within the fourth Take a look at on the similar venue.
“If I get the prospect to reverse-flick a quick bowler once more, I undoubtedly would,” Pant had stated.
The wicketkeeper-batsman took solely a few week to maintain his promise.
Pant, nonetheless was dismissed for 21 when he flicked a Ben Stokes supply straight to the deep sq. leg fielder.
England, fielding a dramatically totally different facet to the one crushed 3-1 within the Exams that ended final week, included quick bowler Mark Wooden for the sport on the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
“It seems to be a very good wicket with a protecting of grass. A bit of little bit of dew in a while,” Morgan stated on the toss.
Each side wished to keep away from bowling second when the ball is extra slippery.
“It’ll be an evenly-poised contest. The chance to play in India towards a really sturdy facet with the World Cup later this yr, we’re actually excited,” Morgan added.
India rested vice-captain Rohit Sharma for the primary two video games. KL Rahul is predicted to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan.
Tempo bowler Bhuveneshwar Kumar returns for his first T20 worldwide since December 2019.
Captain Virat Kohli stated his facet had been planning for batting first “in situations the place bowling within the dew turns into an element. It is a great way to arrange for the World Cup.”
The T20 World Cup is to be held in India in October and November.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wooden