Watch: Pant scoop-flicks Umesh for a six-to-fifty, Internet-breaking video |  locust

Watch: Pant scoop-flicks Umesh for a six-to-fifty, Internet-breaking video | locust

Rishabh Pant gave his India team-mates a bit of practice on matchday two of the warm-up game against Leicestershire on Friday. Showing up for Leicestershire with Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna and Cheteshwar Pujara, Pant hit a flurry of limits against Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur to blast his way to a fast fifty. While it’s not unusual to see unorthodox shots when Pant bats long in any form of play, Indian left-handed wicketkeeper Umesh Yadav’s scoop-flick was one to watch on repeat mode.

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Pant was batting 45 of 72 when Umesh ran over and threw a length just outside the leg stump. The pants bent over one knee and brushed it for a six on the long leg to raise his fifty. The video of Pant’s six has been widely shared on social media.

Watch video: Rishabh Pant scoop-flicks Umesh Yadav for a six to reach fifty in India vs Leicestershire game

It wasn’t the only Pant snap that captured the imaginations of Twitter users on Friday. The southpaw also hit some smashing cover shots from Shami’s bowling early in his innings.

After reaching his fiftieth birthday, Pant began scoring at a rapid pace. He scored 25 runs on just 9 balls hitting Siraj and Umesh across multiple boundaries and ran 76 from 82 balls. He was eventually fired when he attempted to sweep Ravindra Jadeja for a big six and ended up gaining superior advantage.

Pant hit 14 fours and a six in his shot-packed innings. He has also forged important partnerships with Rishi Patel and Roman Walker to help Leicester close to India’s first leg total.

At the tea break, Leicestershire had 213 points from 7, trailing India by 33 points. Shami was the choice of Indian bowlers, picking up three wickets. Siraj, Shardul and Jadeja were also among the wickets.

This is India’s only training game before they face England in the ‘Fifth Test’ in Birmingham on July 1.


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