“Mera naam hai Washington, mereko jana hai DC”, Rishabh Pant’s behind the stumps song got viral as it left fans in splits and made the slow 1st day of Test match vs England a delightful watch. The flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman is not only known for his batting skills, but also for keeping his teammates entertained.
The ongoing match in Chennai against England is part of the much-awaited 4-match Test series. After winning the toss, the guests put up a commendable batting performance on the opening session of the series with Joe Root leading the way.
However, throughout the challenging day, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant kept chirping from behind the stumps and kept his teammates entertained. In the 70th over of the innings, opening batsman Sibley defended a delivery from the right-arm off-spinner Washington Sundar. Pant, without missing a beat, cheered up Washington and said a few words which ended up sounding like a couplet: “Mera naam hai Washington, mereko jana hai DC (My name is Washington and I want to go to DC).”
Thanks to the latest and greatest technology in cricket, his words got captured in the stump mic. His banter left Indian fans in splits and within an hour, the video of his quips got viral.
“Mera naam hai Washington
Mujhe jana hai DC” – Rishabh Pant 🤣🙏pic.twitter.com/nGrCfFBos5
— Arshu (@arshu_it) February 5, 2021
Twitter reaction to Pant’s antiques
As always, Twitteratis did what they do best. They celebrated Pant’s entertaining behaviour and posted memes one after other.
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) February 5, 2021
No one –
Rishabh Pant *behind the stumps* – pic.twitter.com/0KA7Chv5zK
— Sassy_Naari (@sassy_naari) February 5, 2021
Petition to add “Rishabh Pant” to the list. pic.twitter.com/vuI6VBOdpK
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) February 5, 2021
Other hilarious quips from Rishabh Pant caught by the stump mic
It is not the first time Pant was appreciated by Indian fans for his on-field banter. During the Border-Gavaskar series, Pant was on top of his banter game.
On the first Test played in Adelaide, Rishabh Pant took over took over the commentary for an entire over as the broadcasters let Pant’s little chirps entertain the Indian viewers. During an over of R. Ashwin, the Indian wicket-keeper kept encouraging Pat Cummins to hit a six and kept saying how it’s not so easy to do so. Watch the full video here:
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2018
On Day 3 of the 2nd Test match of the series, played at the iconic MCG, Rishabh Pant and Australian opener Matthew Wade engaged in some fun banter throughout the game which was caught on the field.
During the 25th over of the 2nd Australian inning, Matthew Wade faced Jasprit Bumrah’s attacking delivery. Rishabh Pant, being his usual self said ‘hey hey hey’ from behind the stumps and Wade gave Pant a reply saying “hey, hey, hey! You looking at yourself on the big screen again?”
Wade also went on to make a personal remark on Rishabh Pant’s weight and said, “You’re 25 kilos overweight. Are you 20 kilos, 25 or 30 kilos overweight? You’re looking at yourself on the big screen again? Very funny watching yourself on the screen.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2020
But one of the most important ‘Pant-ian’ came during the 4th and the final Test match against Australia. Pant, who was lauded by cricket fans for his stellar run was heard singing the Hindi version of ‘Spiderman, Spiderman’ song from behind the stumps at the Gabba.
After India’s thrilling victory over the Australians at the 4th Test match, the International Cricket Council gave a mention to Pant’s song in one of their posts on Instagram.
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Even Amazon Prime Video tried to get on the trend train, and used Pant’s Spiderman Song to promote the Spiderman movies on their platform.
Recommendation for you if you’re Rishabh Pant or you love Rishabh Pant pic.twitter.com/FE5ODszUST
— amazon prime video IN (@PrimeVideoIN) January 18, 2021