WATCH: Rishabh Pant’s reverse scoop match-winning six in IND vs IRE game at T20 World Cup 2024; Danielle Wyatt reacts

Jun 6, 2024

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Team India’s star Rishabh Pant marked his much-anticipated return to the national squad with a breathtaking display, playing a crucial role behind India’s victory against Ireland in their first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. After a warm-up game against Bangladesh earlier this week, Pant entered the fray during the powerplay at No.3, following the dismissal of Virat Kohli, who was caught at deep third for a mere single.

Rishabh Pant steals the show after Rohit Sharma’s injury

In pursuit of a modest target of 97, Pant initially played a supporting role to captain Rohit Sharma. However, the dynamics changed when Rohit retired hurt at the end of the tenth over. Pant then began to dominate, smashing his first six off Josh Little with a powerful pull over mid-wicket, and following it up with a boundary against Ben White in the subsequent over.

The spectacular finish: Reverse scoop for six

With India needing just six runs at the start of the 13th over during their chase of 97, Pant executed a remarkable reverse scoop shot. He effortlessly altered his grip, sending a length ball, which was moving past off-stump for a left-handed batter, soaring over the wicket-keeper for a maximum.

This spectacular shot sealed the victory for India with 46 balls and eight wickets to spare, earning them two crucial points in Group A. India’s next encounter is a highly anticipated match against Pakistan, scheduled for Sunday (June 9) in New York.

Also READ: ‘We Indians are everywhere, we rule the world’ – Hardik Pandya praises fan support after stellar show in IND vs IRE match at T20 World Cup 2024

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Danielle Wyatt’s enthusiastic response to Pant’s heroics

Pant’s incredible shot garnered admiration from all quarters. Commentators Ravi Shastri and Ricky Ponting, who were live during the game, couldn’t hide their astonishment and lauded Pant’s extraordinary talent. England Women’s cricket veteran Danielle Wyatt also expressed her amazement. Replying on the ICC’s Instagram post, Wyatt exclaimed, “No way,” accompanied by three ‘raising hands’ emojis, encapsulating the awe shared by fans and players alike.

Also READ: Twitter reactions – Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya & Rohit Sharma lead India to dominating win over Ireland in T20 World Cup 2024

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