Rishi Kapoor questions Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad
Pant smacked 49 off 21 balls as Delhi Capitals chased down 163 with two wickets in hand and 1 ball to spare in a crucial clash against SRH in the Eliminator.
Updated - May 9, 2019 11:51 am
Rishabh Pant, on Wednesday, once again showed his immense batting credentials with a superb knock under the pressure to power Delhi Capitals to a thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. Pant smashed 49 off 21 balls as Delhi Capitals chased down 163 with two wickets in hand and 1 ball to spare. Pant’s knock was laced with five sixes and two boundaries as he once again displayed he can keep his cool and deliver in crunch situations.
Delhi Capitals were in all sorts of trouble while chasing 163. After a strong start that saw the openers add 66 runs for the first wicket, Delhi was reeling at 111 for 5 in the 15th over. With more than 10 runs needed per over, the onus was on Pant to deliver and he did not disappoint. He took the attack to the opposition and almost took Delhi over the line before departing in the 19th over when his side needed 5 runs from 7 balls. Keemo Paul then sealed the thrilling game with a cracking four. Pant was later named Man of the Match for his match-winning cameo.
Pant was inconsistent in the initial stages of the league phase but has hit form at the right time for Delhi Capitals. So far, he has scored 450 runs in 15 matches at an average of 37.50 with three fifties. And his current form has once again started the debate over why he was not named in India’s World Cup squad. The selectors picked experienced Dinesh Karthik over Pant as MS Dhoni’s backup. And although Pant later made it to the standby list, the debate has not ended yet as many think the decision was wrong.
Rishi Kapoor baffled
Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor is one of the many who is baffled by Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from the World Cup squad. And like many, he too took to Twitter to question the decision. In fact, he went on to tag head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli as he questioned the decision, writing:
“Why is Rishabh Pant not in the squad for the World Cup? You there? @RaviShastriOfc @imVkohli”
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 9, 2019
Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, will now take on Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier as they look to enter their first-ever IPL final.