Here's why Rishabh Pant donned Indian jersey with tape during 2nd T20I vs New Zealand

Rishabh Pant

The 2nd T20I of the series between the Indian cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team happened yesterday night at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium Complex in Ranchi. Having won the opening T20I in Jaipur, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series by winning the match in Ranchi. 

India’s new T20I skipper Rohit Sharma called the coin toss right again and decided to bowl first. The decision did not work in India’s favor initially as the New Zealand cricket team attacked the Indian bowlers in the powerplay overs. 

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman played some decent shots. However, the Indian team pulled things back in the middle overs. Experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Harshal Patel bowled brilliant spells as the Kiwis could only reach 153/6 in 20 overs. 

The pitch was excellent for batting, and the Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma took full advantage of the conditions to demolish the New Zealand cricket team’s bowling department. 

Their fifties helped India reach closer to the target, and in the end, Rishabh Pant finished things off in style with a big hit. 

Rishabh Pant wore a taped Indian jersey during the second T20I 

Many eagle-eyed fans noticed that wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had a portion of his Indian jersey taped during yesterday’s match against the New Zealand cricket team. 

According to CricTracker, Rishabh Pant donned the T20 World Cup 2021 jersey during the match. He had taped the ICC T20 World Cup logo, while the BYJU’s logo was also not present in the front part. 

It was the Billion Cheers jersey, having India written in the front part instead of BYJU’s. Since the India vs New Zealand match was not a T20 World Cup match, Pant had to tape the part with the logo of the mega event. 

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