He was a cult figure on the last tour of India and young wicket keeper Rishabh Pant once again caught the attention of Australians with his conversation behind the stumps.
Pant is known for his energy on the pitch and was once again present on day three of the MCG test as the Indian bowlers came to their side at the door of a famous victory.
However, not everyone was a fan of Pant’s encouragement, which often came in the form of laughs, with Australian opener Matthew Wade taking some of his own punches.
Wade could be heard taking puns on Pant’s fitness in the 16th, claiming the Indian goalkeeper was “overweight 25 pounds”.
He continued to attack the young Indian pistol later that day after Pant again laughed encouragement in his bowlers’ way.
“Looking at yourself on the big screen again? Very funny looking at yourself on the screen,” Wade could be heard saying.
Wade and Pant came face-to-face to complete the second session, with the Australian opener turning around to face the keeper in an extravagant leave from Ravi Ashwin.
“He laughs all the time. He doesn’t really say much, he always laughs at you,” Wade told Fox Cricket during tea break.
“I don’t know what’s so funny, it must be my stick.”
Despite Wade’s many punches to Pant, the Indian would have finally had the last laugh, with the former being fired for 40 shortly after the tea break.
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