Rishabh Pant is still relatively new at the highest stage of the game but one thing is more or less clear that the hard-hitting batter is a special talent. At just 21, his fearlessness has left many cricket stalwarts astonished. Pant has smashed just three half-centuries in this 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Delhi Capitals (DC) and his performance hasn’t been that good as compared to that in the previous edition, where he scored more than 600 runs. However, he still has gained a lot of praises from the fans and the cricketing world.
The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) are evicted from the tournament, however, their sensation victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is still very much in the talks.. Pant played an integral role in that victory against SRH. While chasing a stiff target of 163 runs in the penultimate clash, Delhi team got reduced to a very troublesome situation at 111 for 5 after 15 overs. Sunrisers had made a brilliant comeback on the back of Khaleel Ahmed taking some quick wickets after Prithvi Shaw got Delhi off to a fabulous start.
But then Pant took the onus on himself and went berserk in Basil Thampi’s over, smashing the fast bowler for a blistering total of 22 runs. Pant cracked 49 runs from just 21 balls as Delhi chased down the total with 1 ball to spare. Pant’s 21-ball onslaught consisted of two fours and as many as five sixes.
He showcased his ability with savage assault
Pant has scored 488 runs from 16 games in this IPL at an average of 32 plus and strike-rate of 163 above but he didn’t yet make it to the Indian World Cup squad as Dinesh Karthik got through. Pant’s knock against the Sunrisers has restarted the call for his inclusion in the squad for which he has been kept as a standby.
Pant has gained praises from many former cricketers and the recent name in the list is of Sunrisers’ mentor VVS Laxman. The former Indian cricketer whose team was at the receiving end, mentioned that it was exhilarating to watch Pant take on the bowlers in that manner. Laxman noted that the young Delhi wicket-keeper batsman is clearly the future of Indian cricket.
“The dangerous Rishabh Pant was still around, and he showcased his ability with a savage assault on Basil Thampi. As painful as it was to be at the receiving end, it was also exhilarating to see Rishabh take on the bowlers. He is clearly the future of Indian cricket, and it pleased me no end to witness the maturity he showed, though he will be disappointed that he wasn’t around to finish off the job,” quoted VVS Laxman.