Will Pucovski will be thanking his lucky stars after his debut 50 for Australia after Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant gave him two major lives.
And fans have turned on the chatty star after he claimed a catch that clearly bounced, with some fans claiming it’s equivalent to cheating.
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After his banter and talk behind the stumps had plenty of people talking in the second Test, the decision to stick with better batsman has proved costly for India.
Pucovski was on 26 while Australia was 1/49 when a faint edge was dropped by Pant of Ravichandran Ashwin.
On Fox Cricket, Adam Gilchrist explained the problem for the gloveman,
“Look at the hand position of Rishabh Pant, the way his fingers are pointing, they’re pointing at the ball,” Gilchrist said. “Ideally we want those fingers pointing down towards turf. Hands are apart which are not a good thing. Ideally we want those little fingers together, pointing down and spreading the gloves as wide as possible to have as much surface area and nice and soft as well.
“Hard hands, it hits it and bounces straight out.”
The first drop from Pant.Source:AFP
“That is a chance that most keepers would accept gleefully,” former Australian batsman Michael Hussey sighed on Fox Cricket.
Sports journalist Sudipto Ganguly tweeted: “With two spinners in the side there’s absolutely NO justification of playing Rishabh Pant ahead of Wriddhiman Saha as wicketkeeper. It’s the team which is made to pay for these arbitrary, non-cricketing decisions from the management.”
But it was the next drop that proved costly.
Pucovski was on 32 with Australia on 1/56.
A short ball looked to be his undoing with Mohammed Siraj catching his glove on the way past.
The ball ballooned and Pant appeared to have pouched the catch.
He rolled the ball away and then high fived his teammates with the umpires needing to send it upstairs to check it out.
The decision was sent upstairs with a soft signal of “out”, but the third umpire adjudicated the catch had not been completed.
It could be argued the 23-year-old genuinely believed he had completed the dismissal but the cricket community ripped into Pant for attempting to claim he had cleanly taken the catch.
Hard to believe he caught it with his hands over the top of the ball.Source:AFP
Talking about the drops at tea on Fox Cricket, Mark Waugh savaged the drops.
“These are regulation for a good wicketkeeper,” Mark Waugh said, claiming both catches were sitters.
Fans were equally savage on the butterfingered star, with the reaction ranging from jokes to accusations of cheating for claiming a catch that was turfed.
Liar, liar Pant on fire. #AUSvIND
That is absolutely disgraceful claiming that catch. He would've known he didn't catch it. #AUSvIND
Pant didn’t really claim that dropped catch…but he didn’t really not claim it. Interesting areas.#AUSvIND
The things you claim when you *hope* no camera sees what happened…#AUSvIND
Time you realise you miss Ian Chappell: when a team attempts to cheat and the commentators move on as if nothing significant happened. #AUSvIND
Via Getty, cheating at the SCG. (Busy day for Mr Getty). #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/yomZ2ov9TY
Pant is real yappy for a bloke who can’t catch. #AUSvIND
Leaked images of Rishabh Pant's breakfast this morning.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/piSauYTzH6
Temporary wicket-keeper? #AUSvIND
Cricket analyst Sarang Bhalerao tweeted: “Pucovski can buy a lottery ticket – looks like it is his day. Another life for him. It has been tough 10 minutes for Rishabh Pant. Has dropped Pucovski twice.”
Former Victorian wicketkeeper Darrien Berry also tweeted Saha was unlucky to have only played the one Test this series.
“Pant might be a slightly better bat than Saha and a louder voice but not even a comparison with the gloves. Costly misses here as well as the ones in Melbourne. Average against spin with stiff hands / poor technique. Feel for Saha deeply”.
Pucovski has made the Indians pay as well, bringing up his 50 just before tea in a near dream debut for the Aussie opener.
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