Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who had earlier known as for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion within the Indian crew, was disillusioned by the wicketkeeper-batsman’s glovework on day one of many third Take a look at on Thursday. Pant dropped debutant Will Pucovski twice in fast succession as India misplaced the alternatives to place the hosts in a spot of trouble. Ponting, who’s the pinnacle coach of Delhi Capitals, mentioned Pant was fortunate because the Pucovski wasn’t in a position to capitalise on the reprieve he bought on his debut. The previous skipper raised the query and mentioned Pant ought to have taken these catches.
“Those (dropped catches) immediately are two that must be taken, easy as that. It is most likely fortunate for Rishabh that Pucovski did not go on and make an enormous hundred or a double hundred and looking out on the wicket, it seems to be like an unbelievable floor,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.
“I am certain when Rishabh put these catches down, he would have thought the worst and ‘right here we go, he is actually going to make me pay’ however (Pucovski) did not immediately,” he added.
Pant was on the receiving finish of flak from his Delhi Capitals head coach. Ponting mentioned since Pant’s debut he has dropped extra catches than another wicket-keeper on the earth.
“I’ve mentioned all of it alongside, the knock on Rishabh is all the time going to be on his protecting. Since his debut in Take a look at cricket, he is dropped extra catches than another keeper on the earth. That highlights he has bought some work to do along with his protecting,” mentioned Ponting.
Pant’s dropped catches allowed Pucovski to hit his maiden fifty within the longest format of the sport.
Ponting additionally lauded debutant Pucovski’s 62-run knock and mentioned the opening batsman exhibits “promising signal and rapt” for the longest format.
“Very impressed with Will Pucovski’s innings immediately. To look the half at Take a look at stage on debut is a promising signal and rapt for him to breakthrough after the setbacks he is had alongside the best way. #AUSvIND,” Ponting tweeted.
Pucovski rode his luck and Marnus Labuschagne confirmed resolve because the duo hit half-centuries to place Australia in a dominating place in a rain-curtailed opening day on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG). At stumps, Australia”s rating learn 166/2 in 55 overs with Labuschagne and Smith unbeaten on 67 and 31 runs respectively.
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