Dale Steyn has stated that he would fire a bouncer to Rishabh Pant’s head if he ever played a reverse-scoop shot off his over’s first delivery in a Test match.
The South African speedster initially joked that he would roll the ball down the pitch because he would be too embarrassed to bowl another delivery if Rishabh Pant reverse-scooped him for a six.
Dale Steyn’s Second Ball To Rishabh Pant Would Be A Bouncer
But Dale Steyn added that his second delivery would definitely be a short ball.
“Is it still in the rulebook, can I roll the ball down the pitch because I would feel that embarrassed to run in and bowl another ball, but I can tell you that he would know where I am bowling the next ball, and that’s gonna be a short ball. That’s a 100%,” Dale Steyn said in a Q & A session with ESPNCricinfo.
Rishabh Pant played two reverse-scoops during England’s India tour earlier this year. First, he played that shot off James Anderson’s bowling during the fourth Test of the series. Then, he reverse-scooped a delivery from Jofra Archer during the T20I series.
Dale Steyn: It’s Disrespectful For Any Pacer To See His Delivery Being Reverse-Scooped
Dale Steyn further added that it was disrespectful for any fast bowler to see his delivery being reverse-scooped over the boundary line.
Dale Steyn, the legendary South Africa paceman, reckoned that it would have been embarrassing for him had Rishabh Pant played those shots against him. The 37-year-old stated that he would have responded with a short-pitched delivery in such a scenario. Dale Steyn was also of the opinion that Rishabh Pant may not want to show the same audacity while playing outside India.
Heaping praise on Rishabh Pant’s skills, Steyn continued: “That’s disrespectful to do that kind of reverse scooping stuff. What he did to James Anderson in India, I doubt he will do it anywhere else in the world, but at that time, he looked red-hot and he was batting in such good form. I think he did it to Jofra Archer also. It’s arrogance at its best. It is amazing.”
Dale Steyn concluded by saying that Rishabh Pant is a great batsman with good eyes but he would go for Rishabh Pant’s head the next ball if he ever reverse-scooped him for a six.
Rishabh Pant has grown leaps and bounds ever since the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. In the fourth Test, his unbeaten knock made sure that Ajinkya Rahane-led India pulled off an improbable heist at The Gabba in Brisbane and managed to win the series 2-1. The knock garnered him praises from every corner.
Not only has Rishabh Pant performed at the highest level, but also in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t play the first leg, he led the Delhi Capitals (DC) with authority. He also showed decent touch with the willow.