Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant opened up on the banter saga with Matthew Wade as he revealed why he didn’t respond to the Australia batsman despite enjoying every bit of the banter.
Matthew Wade and Rishabh Pant were involved in a hilarious banter on Day 3. (AP Photo)
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India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who was engaged in some banter with Australia batsman Matthew Wade in the second session of Day 3, revealed why he did not respond to banter from Wade.
Pant acknowledged that he enjoyed every bit of banter with Wade as he said that the Australia batsman was looking for some sort of discussion or banter to help him concentrate more. Pant also revealed that he didn’t want to give Wade that ‘concentrating conversation’ so he chose to not respond to the banter.
Pant, as usual, was talkative from behind the wickets on Monday as he was encouraging the India bowlers constantly throughout the day.
At one point, a visibly frustrated Matthew Wade chirped back at Rishabh Pant, engaging in a bit of banter with the young wicketkeeper. Wade certainly wasn’t impressed with Pant who was giggling whenever the Australia batsmen played and missed or troubled to keep up with the Indian bowling attack.
“You’re looking at yourself on the big screen again? Very funny watching yourself on the screen,” Wade was caught on stump-mic saying.
“I enjoyed every bit of that but I think Wade was probably looking for some sort of discussion or banter so that he could concentrate more, but I didn’t want to give that to him,” Rishabh Pant said.
“I have been training well, practicing well but not getting a chance in the first Test is a part and parcel of the game. It is good to back on the side and try to do well for the team.
“Keeping in Australia has been good so far and I am working on opening my right and left leg to adjust to the bounce. The key is to give yourself a little more space against Ashwin and Jadeja,” Pant added.