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“Not the captaincy material” – Fans slam Rishabh Pant for his captaincy after 2nd consecutive defeat

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India succumbed to the 2nd consecutive defeat in the five-match T20I series against South Africa as the visitors registered a 4-wicket victory in the 2nd match on Sunday. The makeshift skipper Rishabh Pant had another off day on the field as he scored only five runs off seven deliveries. Moreover, the wicketkeeper-batter once again took some baffling decisions while marshalling his troops.

Barabati Stadium in Cuttack hosted India and South Africa for the 2nd T20 game of the five-match series on Sunday. The visiting skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and elected to bowl first. His bowling unit backed the decision with a solid performance by restricting India to an underwhelming total of 148/8 in 20 overs. While Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Karthik were the top performers for the home side, it was a combined effort from the Proteas bowlers.


Chasing the total, South Africa were in a spot of bother after Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s opening burst with the new ball. However, Henrich Klaasen decided to counterattack the opposition and smashed 81 runs off 46 deliveries to win the contest for his team. The Proteas won the game by four wickets with ten deliveries to spare. They are now two-nil up in the series and India must win all remaining fixtures to win the series.

Rishabh Pant’s captaincy comes under the scanner

The left-handed southpaw was announced as the skipper of the Indian team after an unfortunate injury to KL Rahul. However, things haven’t been favourable for the wicketkeeper so far.


Rishabh Pant has failed to score runs with his bat in the first two matches. Moreover, his captaincy has been under the scanner as the young skipper has taken some questionable decisions as well. In the 2nd game, he brought Axar Patel pretty late in the game when he could be used earlier. Meanwhile, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel also had one over each left.

The fans were not happy with Rishabh Pant’s captaincy in the 2nd game and they subsequently slammed the wicketkeeper after the defeat.


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