Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant hasn’t had a great outing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. He was criticized a lot for not playing his natural game against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) which led to DC posting a below-par total and eventually they lost the game by six wickets. Maybe in an attempt to respond to all the criticism, Pant came out all guns blazing with the bat in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday.
Rishabh Pant had the platform set thanks to a scintillating opening partnership of 93 runs between Prithvi Shaw and David Warner in less than nine overs. Shaw scored another fiery fifty and then the DC skipper just came out to play his ‘natural’ game. By the time, Rishabh Pant played his first 8 balls, he had slammed a couple of boundaries and a six clearing his intentions early.
One of those fours came off a reverse sweep off Varun Chakaravarthy. Rishabh Pant timed the ball extremely well as the ball raced away to the boundary. However, Pant lost his balance after playing the shot and also lost his bat which flew close to his stumps to land behind the wicket-keeper. Those were comical scenes in the middle as Rishabh Pant was lucky that the bat didn’t hit his stumps to get out hit-wicket.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Rishabh Pant literally played his natural game helping the Delhi Capitals continue with the run-rate of above 11. He played a quickfire knock of 27 off just 14 deliveries with 2 fours and as many sixes. However, the short ball strategy worked against the left-hander as Andre Russell got the better of him with Umesh Yadav taking a comfortable catch at a fine deep backward point area.
Rishabh Pant would’ve certainly loved to stay in the middle for more time but with the way he was batting on the day, there was always a risk of him getting out. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant knock that helped David Warner play a kind of second fiddle during the 55-run partnership for the second wicket that came off just 4.1 overs.