When he’s not entertaining with his free-spirited batting, Rishabh Pant is firing up the spirits of his India teammates on the field. Known for his fearless approach with the bat that doesn’t take throws the format/match situation out of the equation, Pant has built himself a reputation of a comic who seems to have an endless supply of witty comments and PJs that have made him a fan-favourite. Also Read - Nathan Lyon Slams Motera Pitch's Critics: "As Soon as it Starts Spinning, Everyone Seems to Start Crying About it"
Be it his famous ‘temporary captain’ and ‘babysitting’ banter with Australia Test captain Tim Paine or a hilarious rendition of ‘Spiderman, Spiderman’ song recently, there’s enough material courtesy Pant to keep one entertained. Also Read - India vs England | Three-Match ODI Series to be Played Without Spectators Due to Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Obviously, the wicketkeeper kept on the spirits high during the first Test against England in Chennai that concluded on Tuesday. Here we take a look at the top-ten things he said during the match. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Motera Pitch Likely to Escape ICC Ban as 4th Test Strip Promises to be Batting Beauty
#Mera naam hai Washington, Mereko jana hai DC (My name is Washington, I have to go to DC)– This in reference to India newbie Washington Sundar as he cheered the rookie allrounder during one of his overs.
#Arey review nahi hai bhai (There’s no review, mate) – This to Shahbaz Nadeem when he wanted a DRS for an lbw call against England batsman Ollie Pope. There was an edge and so Pant stopped his teammate from going for it.
#Ball banana padega, mehenat karna padega, chalo yaar, sabaaash. Body language utha k bhaiyo (We will have to create chances, work hard, let’s go guys! Body language has to change) – Pant motivating his teammates.
#Bowling Ash! Idhar se fasega to maza aaega (Well bowled, Ash! It will be fun if he’s trapped from this side) – to Ravichandran Ashwin as he tried to outfox England opener Joe Burns on Day 1.
#Yeh do shot hi maarega – sweep ya reverse (He’ll play only two shots – sweep or reverse) – An advice to Nadeep on how he should bowl to England captain Joe Root.
#Chalo Chalo Chalo Yaar Thoda Mahoul Banao (Come on guys! Let’s lift up the mood) – This during the phase when proceedings weren’t going as per plans.
#Bhaiyon Kya Ho Gaya? Thoda Tight Ho Jao! (Guys, what happened? Pull up your socks!) – Lifting the spirits of his teammates.
#Bhagna Padega Puj (You will have to run, Puj) – When Cheteshwar Pujara was chasing a delivery while fielding.
#Pujendra – His own nickname for Pujara
#Narendra – His nickname for Nadeem