Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant's penchant for trolling opposition batsmen with his witty banter while keeping wickets has acquired cult status amongst his fans on social media.
Standing behind the wickets as Billings tried to tackle spin in the nets, the chirpy Pant dished out some hilarious comments as the former struggled to negotiate turning deliveries.
DC made the most of their skipper's trolling session as they shared the clip on their Instagram page with the caption:
@rishabpant can't resist himself behind the stumps, even during practice 🎙️😆
Observing Billings' helplessness against spin, Rishabh Pant could not control himself and joked that 'someone is not hitting'. An exasperated Billings himself joined in the fun as he self-deprecatingly announced: 'Welcome to India.'
Rishabh Pant: Master Troller
Rishabh Pant's status as a masterful troll has been steadily building up ever since the famous 'babysitter' episode with Australian captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine during India's victorious Test tour Down Under in 2018-19.
Paine had sledged Pant from behind the wickets, asking the left-handed batsman to babysit his kids as the not-yet retired MS Dhoni was about to arrive to take over wicketkeeping duties for the limited-overs leg.
Pant had replied with his own 'temporary captain' jibe at Paine. He went one better when he turned up to babysit at the latter's home after India's win in the third Test in Melbourne.
With the IPL 2021 upon us, expect Pant to bring as much joy to his fans from behind the stumps as he does with his explosive batting.
Rishabh Pant will start his journey as DC captain against MSD's Chennai Super Kings in the second match of the tournament on Saturday.