Yuvraj Singh came to the under-fire Rishabh Pant’s rescue after the cricket fraternity, including former England star Kevin Pietersen, slammed the young batsman for his dismissal in India’s World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand.
Pant, who came out to bat at the number four spot after the Indian top-order collapsed, got out to an extravagant shot after getting his eye in. Chasing 240, India lost the match by 18 runs eventually.
Pietersen tweeted expressing his frustration about the 21-year-old’s dismissal to Mitchell Santner at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
How many times have we seen @RishabPant777 do that?????!!!!!
The very reason he wasn’t picked initially!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 10, 2019
Coming to Pant’s defence, Yuvraj made a point of how he has just played 8 ODIs in his career so far.
He’s played 8 Odis ! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all ! However we all are entitled to share our opinions 👍
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 10, 2019
Indian captain Virat Kohli had also defended Pant after the match and believed that the immensely talented 21-year-old will learn from his mistake.
India were 71 for five when Pant got out.