After the dismissal of KL Rahul in 12.2 overs, when Rishabh Pant was sent to bat, Ravi Shastri was handling the commentary responsibility. Shastri, who had been the head coach of the Indian cricket team, started praising Rishabh Pant as soon as he saw him. He started saying that he alone can destroy teams like New Zealand or England on his own. India alone can win the World Cup, but on the very next ball, Pant was cheaply tackled against Zimbabwe. Perhaps this is what is called the commentator’s curse in sports.
Throwing wickets on non-essential shots
Rishabh Pant comes to bat in the 13th over. Takes two singles off the first three balls. Shaun Williams bowls the next over. Pant takes a chance on the third and fifth ball of the over. Williams, while bowling a tempting ball, invited Rishabh Pant for a slog swipe. Rishabh also put the shot in the gap itself, but Rial Burle, running to his left, took a wonderful catch on the boundary. Thus ended the 3-run innings of Rishabh Pant with a poor strike rate of 60.
DK’s place was found
Earlier, Indian captain Rohit had won the toss in the match and decided to bat first. One change was made in the Indian team, already assured of a place in the semi-finals after South Africa’s loss to the Netherlands. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was included in place of Dinesh Karthik, who managed only 14 runs in 3 innings. Zimbabwe included Wellington Maskadza and Tony Munyonga in place of Milton Shumba and Luke Jongwe.