The ongoing series between India and England has been played in good spirits with not a lot of sledging or sour moments to dampen the quality of cricket. However, there was one such moment on day 1 of the second Test as Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was engaged in a verbal duel with wicket-keeper Ben Foakes and all-rounder Ben Stokes towards the end of the day’s play.
Rishabh Pant had come to bat following a scintillating partnership between Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane that rescued India from a mildly precarious position where they lost three wickets before lunch. Rohit got to 161 and seemed to be batting on a different pitch altogether as he seemed undaunted by the amount of turn and purchase that the English spinners got on day 1 itself.
Watch – Rishabh Pant exchanges harsh words with English players
With just two overs left to go for the day to come to an end, English captain Joe Root was bowling and trying to squeeze in a quick over in order to get enough time to bowl the next over. Wicket-keeper Ben Foakes kept chatting from behind the stumps and Pant seemed bothered by the talk as he withdrew just as the bowler was coming in to bowl.
This led to frustration among the Englishmen as Ben Stokes took the issue up with the umpire supposedly alleging that Pant was trying to waste time and end the day with Root’s over and it led to words being exchanged between all parties. In the end, it was all good though as Root got in his over while Olly Stone had enough time to complete the next.