New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh came to the rescue of under-fire Rishabh Pant, after the cricket fraternity, including former England star Kevin Pietersen, slammed the young batsman for his dismissal in India’s World Cup semifinal to New Zealand.
Pant, who came out to bat at the number four spot after the Indian top order collapsed, got out to an extravagant shot. Chasing 240, India lost the match by 18 runs eventually.
How many times have we seen @RishabPant777 do that?????!!!!!
The very reason he wasn’t picked initially!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 10, 2019
Pietersen tweeted after Pant’s departure, “How many times have we seen @RishabPant777 do that?????!!!!! The very reason he wasn’t picked initially! Pathetic!”
He’s played 8 Odis ! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all ! However we all are entitled to share our opinions 👍
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 10, 2019
Yuvraj Singh defended the young Turk and tweeted in response to Pietersen, saying “He’s played 8 ODIs! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all! However, we all are entitled to share our opinions.”
Pant lost his wicket when India was reeling at 71 for 5 and the top order had completely collapsed.
However, skipper Virat Kohli praised his 32-run innings and the brief partnership he built with Hardik Pandya, which steadied Indian innings.
Kohli said, “He’s still young. I made many errors when I was young in my career and he will learn. He will look back and think yes, he could have chosen a different option in that situation and he realises that already.”
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh has been instrumental in backing young talent this World Cup. Earlier, he helped Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma get back his confidence after a poor IPL.
Sharma, who scored 648 runs in this World Cup edition and went on to hit five centuries in the tournament, wasn’t among the top run scorers during Mumbai Indians’ victorious IPL campaign in 2019.
Post defeating Sri Lanka in the league stage of World Cup, Rohit Sharma had said, “I was not getting big runs (during IPL). So, we were just — I mean, he (Yuvraj) is like a big brother to me. So, we always talk about the game, about life. So, he said when it matters you will do it. I guess probably he was talking about the World Cup, I think.”
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