ENG vs IND 3rd Test: Rishabh Pant, the flamboyant wicketkeeper batter, enjoys expressing himself on the field. When runs don’t come his way, he’s not afraid to go off the beaten path. Pant stands out of his crease throughout the series to offset the English conditions, where the ball swings more. The umpires instructed him not to do so on the opening day of the third Test between England and India at Headingley, where India was finally bowled out for 78.
After a brief stay at the wicket, the left-handed hitter was bowled for only two runs off nine balls shortly after lunch. England paceman Ollie Robinson got the ball to swing away from him, and the 23-year-old was tempted to take a swing at it, but he only managed an edge to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
During his brief stay at the crease, the Delhi youngster had a brief discussion with the umpire about his stance, and the latter advised him to bat closer to the stumps. Pant afterwards explained why the umpire had to step in.
Pant admits, “My front foot was approaching the danger zone”
“He (the umpire) warned me that you can’t stand there because I was standing outside the crease and my front foot was heading into the danger area,” Pant said at the virtual post-day press conference following Day’s play at Leeds.
“So I’ve got to adjust my position, but as a cricketer, I don’t have to worry about it because everyone else will do the same thing, and umpires will say the same thing. You move on because I didn’t do that with the next ball “he added.
The danger zone, for example, is a section of the pitch that runs parallel to the stumps on either side of the wicket. Bowlers, fielders, and batters are prohibited from entering this area because their spikes may damage the pitch and meddle with the playing conditions. When bowlers walk inside this area on their follow-through, they are usually warned once or twice before being removed from the attack.
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