Ricky Ponting coached Rishabh Pant in Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League 2020.© Virender Sehwag / Twitter
Virender Sehwag found a way to cunningly dig at Ricky Ponting after India pulled a notable draw against Australia in the Sydney Test on Monday. Ponting, who works as a broadcaster for Channel 7, had predicted in a question and answer session on Twitter that India “won’t make 200” in the second innings of the third test. As it turned out, India finished their second essay on 334 for 5, ending Australia’s hopes of taking a lead in the series. Sehwag tweeted Ponting’s message with a screenshot of an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in which Rishabh Pant is bugged in Ponting’s chat with IPL broadcasters. Ponting coached Pant at Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Pant’s fluid 97 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 77 helped India keep a grip on the game in the first session.
However, their resignation in the second session, followed by an injury to Hanuma Vihari, meant India had to play for a draw.
In the end, Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin hit 42.4 overs over the last two sessions of the Test to brave Australia and keep the series 1-1 with one more game to play.
Sehwag posted several tweets from his handle to comment on the game. Like many Indian fans, Sehwag also criticized Australian batsman Steve Smith, who was seen trying to unravel Pant’s guard marks.
“I’ve tried all the tricks, including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant’s battle guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya (but nothing could help Australia),” Sehwag tweeted.
With the Sydney Test drawn, the teams are now moving to Brisbane for the fourth and final Test starting January 15 at The Gabba.
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