Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was on Sunday caught in the eye of a storm owing to an edited stump microphone clip from an IPL game which went viral on social media but was dismissed by the BCCI as “misconstrued”.
The less-than-a-minute long clip was from Saturday night’s match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
It shows Pant, from behind the stumps, saying “yeh to chauka hai” (this is a boundary) as KKR’s Robin Uthappa took guard against Sandeep Lamichhane.
“No one heard what Rishabh said before that particular sentence. He was apparently telling (Delhi Capitals captain) Shreyas Iyer to increase fielders on the off-side to stop an imminent four,” a top BCCI official told PTI.
The next delivery was pushed through the covers for a boundary and the edited clip of Pant’s purported prediction started doing the rounds.
The BCCI official said that it was “very unfortunate” that social media ran an incomplete clipping.
This isn’t the first time that stump microphone has pushed Pant into the spotlight. During his highly successful tour of Australia, Pant’s humorous teasing of rival batsmen, especially Aussie captain Tim Paine, went viral on social media.