Pant remains humble despite whirlwind knock

- AGENCIES, Mumbai

Mar 26, 2019-

Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant did not want to make much fuss about his explosive knock that changed the complexion of the game to inflicted defeat on the Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

Pant clobbered 78 off just 27 balls at the Wankhede Stadium but he put his whirlwind knock to the need of the hour as Delhi needed someone to up the ante at that stage of the innings, after Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram had provided the platform for a flourish to the finishing line. “I always bat according to the situation. Today when I came in, I had to up the ante and so took my chances. It came off tonight,” he said.

Seven sixes and most of them whips from the off and outside off stump to the long leg boundary and Pant said that with bowlers looking to keep it tight in T20 cricket, he likes to make ways to take them on and send them packing. “In T20, you have to do something different. Sometimes when bowlers cramp you for room, you got to make your own room,”

he said.

He had scored runs even last season, but most of those matches ended with Delhi losing the game. But this time, his knock ensured that Delhi beat Mumbai in their first match of the season and Pant said that it felt good to contribute to a winning cause. “It’s been a great journey, trying to learn every day in my cricketing career. Always a great feeling when you score runs and the team wins,” he smiled. Asked if he was happy to bat at the fifth slot, the answer came with quite a pause. “Glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to,” he said.

For Mumbai their woe with opening games in the IPL continued. While chasing Capitals’ 213 was never going to be easy, the failure of the top-order to make it count only made it all the more difficult for the home team. “The first game is always challenging for most of the teams because there are a lot of new players in the squad. We made a lot of mistakes today and that was the reason we lost the match,” skipper Rohit Sharma accepted.

“We were in the game in the first 10 overs while bowling but the way Rishabh batted, we have to give the credit to him. We missed our lengths and failed to execute our plans but that can happen as there are lot of new guys in the squad and understanding takes a bit of time,” he admitted. Rohit said that the team must learn quickly from the mistakes they made in the opening game. In fact, he went on to add that there could be a few changes in the playing XI before the next game.


Published: 26-03-2019 21:00

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