India scored 223 runs in their first innings courtesy to gutsy innings from the captain Virat Kohli. The captain scored 79 runs from 201 balls and played a waiting game including some fabulous cover drives. The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant contributed with 43 and 27 runs respectively as well. At one stage India was 167 for four and suddenly the tourists lost two quick wickets.
Rishabh Pant looked comfortable, left the ball well, and played a couple of pull shots. However, his shot selection again came to question when he got out trying to play the ball at the gully. The ball from Marco Jansen bounced and Pant was unable to keep the ball down and landed a simple catch to Keegan Peterson at gully. Ashish Nehra while speaking to Cricbuzz said Rishabh Pant needs to evaluate his shot selection. According to the former pacer, the two wickets of Pant and Ashwin meant that Kohli had to become extra cautious. Nehra also said India would not be happy with their batting, especially Pant who got out at 27 from 50 balls after surviving the difficult period.
It was in the second test match at Johannesburg that Pant threw his wicket by charging down on the ball of Rabada. There were some words exchanged between Pant and Rassie Van Der Dussen at a short silly point and it seemed that the banter got to Pant. Earlier Brad Hogg said on his Youtube channel that the coach Dravid need to talk to Pant about his psychological game rather than addressing his batting technique and shot selection. There have been times when the batsman-wicketkeeper has got out in the attempt of playing an aggressive shot, most famously in the 2019 semi-final world cup against New Zealand.