During the second test match, India was looking to put up a par score for South Africa when Rahane and Pujara were scoring at nearly 4 runs per over. Suddenly, within a span of 12 deliveries, India lost Rahane first and then Pujara. The match was poised with Rishabh Pant as the last recognized batter for the tourist. After a couple of bouncing deliveries by Kabasa, Pant charged down the track and got out with a nick to the wicket-keeper.
Brad Hogg while speaking on his Youtube channel, mentioned Rahul Dravid who said that the management will talk to Pant. Hogg said that he doesn’t think that the Indian coach should tell Rishabh Pant about his shot selection or technique as Pant has delivered at the international level many times with the same approach.
Hogg mentioned that it was the frame of mind and banter from the short silly point that got to Rishabh Pant. In his own words, “I don’t think he (Dravid) should be talking to him about his shot selection, technique or tactics. Stay away from that because we know that he (Pant) has got the goods to deliver on the international stage. Its more psychological. The moment got to him. What was he thinking as he walked out to crease? Was he in a positive frame of mind or was he in a negative frame of mind? The verbals from the opposition team, the chat, did that get to him?”
Hogg believes that when Pant is in a different state of mind when he is feeling confident. After Pant got out, the Indian tailenders carried the team to 266. South Africa chased away 240 runs for the loss of only three wickets and critics believed that had Pant would have contributed, India might have put on a 300 run target which could have put South Africa under pressure. The series is now squared at 1 – 1 and India will be looking to clinch their maiden test series win at the decider at Newlands, Capetown. The match will start on the 11th of January.