Delhi Capitals (DC) displayed a sensational performance to hand hosts Rajasthan Royals (RR) a convincing 6-wicket defeat at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The home team registered a massive first innings total of 191 runs on the back of former skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant hundred and current captain Steve Smith’s second consecutive half-century.
But then in the second innings, first it was Shikhar Dhawan, who smashed a quick-fire half-century knock to help his team with a solid opening platform and then Rishabh Pant crafted a staggering innings to steer DC to an emphatic victory and in turn overshadowed Rahane’s magnificent century as well.
The selection thought was running in my mind
The Man of the Match of the yesterday’s encounter, Rishabh Pant has been going through some tensed times since the announcement of the 15-member Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup and him being excluded from the frame. He had to prove a point to everybody and he did that in style, standing tall and finishing the game for his team.
He played a fabulous unbeaten knock of 78 runs off just 36 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. After the game, Pant mentioned that it is a great feeling to win an important match for your team. He also revealed that the selection thoughts were constantly running along in his mind while batting.
“I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won’t lie, the selection thought was running in my mind,” quoted Rishabh Pant in a conversation with media reporters during the post-match press conference.
I focussed on my process
Pant further mentioned that his aim was to focus on his performance and it also worked well for him. He reckoned that the Jaipur wicket was playing very good and it suited his game as well. The Delhi wicket-keeper batsman also revealed that the team management has already clarified to the players about their respective roles in the team.
“I focussed on my process and it worked for me. The wicket was playing good, and I just took advantage of that, I guess. Most important thing for our team is that everyone knows our role, and the support staff tells us, ‘this is your role, and this is what is going to happen to you’,” the wicket-keeper batsman concluded.