Rishabh Pant failed for the second successive ODI against Australia as he edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to first slip to walk back to the pavilion at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi after scoring 16 runs in the 5th ODI on March 13.
Pant was given an opportunity to audition for the role of the second wicketkeeper as MS Dhoni was rested for the final two ODIs of the series but the 21-year-old failed to make a firm claim to make it to the squad which will travel to England for the World Cup in May.
Pant had a rather forgettable game in Mohali on March 10 too. With the bat, he did not do too badly as he scored 34 runs off 20 balls. But he was expected to score more runs on a pitch that was aiding the batsmen and his style of strokeplay. After getting off to a brisk start, he threw his wicket away trying to hoick the ball over midwicket. With the gloves, Pant had a real nightmare as he missed two stumping chances -- one of Peter Handscomb and the other was of Ashton Turner.
The miss of Turner proved to be costly as when he missed the chance Turner was just starting his innings and Australia needed 72 runs to win from seven overs. The Aussie middle-order batsman subsequently took the game away and chased the runs down with more than two overs to spare.
In the 5th ODI, Pant had a better day behind the stumps but once again disappointed with the bat when he came out to bat at number 4 in the absence of KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu. The Delhi boy could have completely booked his ticket to England with a strong performance in the run chase as he walked into bat following Virat Kohli's dismissal. He got off to a good start and looked pretty comfortable in the middle but in the 18th over of the innings, poked at a Lyon delivery and Turner gobbled up the chance at first slip.
Fans on Twitter were naturally upset and wanted Dinesh Karthik to be selected in place of Pant in the World Cup squad.
Since Pant's dismissal, India completely lost their way, losing three more wickets and is staring at a series defeat. With six wickets down, the onus now lies on Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to pull off a miracle and avoid Kohli's first home series defeat as a skipper.