‘Rohit has done a Dhoni here’ – Twitterati react as Rishabh Pant opens the batting for the first time in ODIs

Pant scored 18 before getting out to Odean Smith

Rishabh Pant is someone, who either bats in the middle or the lower-middle order. His role in the batting lineup is mostly to come and throw the kitchen sink at everything. In a number of instances, Pant has come and won his team matches from precarious positions. However, Wednesday, February 9 witnessed something very different and unique.

Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma opened the batting for Team India in the first ODI against West Indies on Sunday, February 6 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. For the second game on Wednesday, February 9, KL Rahul replaced Kishan in the playing eleven. So, it was assumed that Rahul will open the batting with skipper Rohit in the second encounter.

Rishabh Pant flatters to deceive

But that wasn’t the case, as Pant went out as Sharma’s opening partner. After being put in to bat first, the Men in Blue decided to conduct the experiment. The move didn’t pay off by any means as Pant perished after scoring 18 runs off 34 balls with the held of three fours. Odean Smith got rid of him to cut short his stay in the middle.

Pant tried to curb his natural instincts and see off the new ball, but his approach hardly paid dividends. The 34-year-old Sharma had a tough day in the office, as he got out in the third over of the Indian innings. Kemar Roach pinned him and sent him packing. The home team had lost both their opening batters in the first 12 overs.

In the very over when Pant got out, former skipper Virat Kohli also perished, leaving India reeling at 43 for three. Kohli’s indifferent run of form continued as he became Smith’s second victim. Rahul, in the meantime, batted at No.4 and scored 49 with four fours and two sixes before Akeal Hosein and Shai Hope combined to run him out.

After Pant was sent out as the opener, the netizens raised their eyebrows. The fans found it hard to comprehend the reason behind sending Pant to open and slotting KL Rahul in the middle order.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to Rishabh Pant opening the batting

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