What About When Batsman Goes Down The Track Against Spinners, Sunil Gavaskar Questions Rishabh Pant’s Stance Change Decision

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Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar questioned the umpire’s decision to ask Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to change his batting position.

On Day 1 of the ongoing Headingley Test, the Indian wicket-keeper was barred from playing outside the crease by one of the match officials as it left footmarks on the crease.

Gavaskar, who played 125 Test matches for India, did not seem pleased with the umpire’s move and remarked it with citing the example of batters coming down the pitch to attempt a big shot.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Getty)

The batsman can stand anywhere, even on the middle of the pitch: Sunil Gavaskar

“I was wondering why was he told to change his stance, if that is true. I only read it. Batsman can stand anywhere, even on the middle of the pitch and what about when the batsman goes down the track against the spinners (footmarks can form even then),” Gavaskar said while commentating on the third day of the match,” Gavaskar said in his commentary for the official broadcasters on Day 3.

I don’t have to think too much about that: Rishabh Pant

However, Pant obeyed the umpire’s decision and said that he avoided stepping outside the crease from the next ball onwards.

“Because I was standing outside the crease and my front foot was coming into the danger area, so he (the umpire) told me that you can’t stand there,” Pant had said during the virtual post-day press conference on Wednesday.

“So, I have (had) to change my stance, but as a cricketer, I don’t have to think too much about that, because it’s everyone who is going to do that, umpires are going to say the same thing. I didn’t do that the next ball and you move on,” he added.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: BCCI

As far as the match is concerned, India stormed back in the game on Day 3 with Cheteshwar Pujara leading the battle on his shoulders. The Saurashtra batsman remained unbeaten on 91, his innings included 16 fours with a rare strike rate of 50.56 with skipper Virat Kohli batting on 45.

The visitors are 139 runs still behind England’s first-innings lead.

Also Read: Rishabh Pant Lands In Controversy On Day 2 At Headingley

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