Delhi Capitals cricket team paid tribute to their former captain Rishabh Pant in their opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season against the Lucknow Super Giants. The team won the toss and chose to bowl first.
During the match, the Delhi Capitals dugout displayed a heartfelt tribute to Pant, who recently left the team to join the Rajasthan Royals. Despite the tribute, the Delhi Capitals suffered a loss in the match against the Lucknow Super Giants. David Warner, who was recently appointed as the team’s new captain, had a rough start as teammate Mitch Marsh was dismissed for a golden duck.
Overall, the Delhi Capitals showed gratitude towards Rishabh Pant in their IPL 2023 match, but unfortunately, it did not translate into a win for the team.
What Happened To Rishabh Pant?
Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant was involved in a road accident on December 30, 2022, as reported by ICC Cricket. The accident took place as he was driving from Roorkee to New Delhi. Videos and eyewitness accounts revealed that Pant’s car had caught fire during the incident, although he was able to escape.
Following the accident, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Pant had suffered injuries to his head, back, and feet. The exact details of the extent of his injuries and recovery have not been publicly disclosed.
The news of Pant’s accident had sparked concerns among his fans and well-wishers, given his importance to the Indian cricket team. However, it appears that he has been able to recover from the accident and resume his cricketing commitments.
Pant is widely regarded as one of the most talented young cricketers in India and has been an integral part of the Indian team across all formats. He has also had a successful run in the Indian Premier League (IPL), having led the Delhi Capitals to their first-ever title in 2022.
Delhi Capitals Paid Heartfelt Tribute
The tribute was a gesture of gratitude for Pant’s contribution to the team during his tenure as captain, which included leading the team to their first-ever IPL title in 2022. Reportedly, they paid tribute to him in a unique way. They put his No.17 jersey at the dugout. Additionally, Pant also encouraged the team to win the match from his home. The entire crowd in the stadium was overwhelmed with their gratitude.
In a recent IPL 2023 match between Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, the latter emerged victorious by a massive 50-run margin. The match was played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on April 1, 2023.
Lucknow Super Giants bowlers were in top form as they managed to restrict Delhi Capitals to just 146/8 in their 20 overs. Delhi Capitals captain David Warner was dismissed early on in the innings by Avesh Khan. Rishabh Pant, who was recently in the news for a road accident, was also unable to contribute much and was dismissed for just 7 runs.
Lucknow Super Giants’ Mark Wood was the star of the match, picking up his first-ever IPL fifer and finishing with figures of 5/26 in his four overs. Lucknow Super Giants, in their chase, got off to a good start and never looked back. Ravi Bishnoi played a crucial role in their victory, picking up two important wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Rovman Powell.
The match was a disappointing one for Delhi Capitals as they were comprehensively beaten by Lucknow Super Giants. They will be looking to bounce back in their upcoming matches and improve their overall performance.
Rishabh Pant’s Journey: From a Young Cricket Enthusiast to a Rising Star
He was introduced to cricket by his father, Rajendra Pant, who was a club cricketer himself. Rishabh started playing cricket at the age of seven and soon became passionate about the sport. He trained at the Sonnet Cricket Academy in Delhi, which is known for producing some of the best cricketers in India.
Rishabh Pant’s journey to prominence began in 2016 when he was selected to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his debut in a match against the Gujarat Lions, where he scored 69 runs off just 40 balls, making him the youngest player to score a half-century in the IPL at the time. His performance in the tournament earned him a spot in the Indian national team for the T20 series against England in 2017.
Rishabh Pant made his international debut in a T20 match against England in February 2017. He scored just five runs in his debut match but showed glimpses of his talent with some impressive shots. He made his ODI debut against the West Indies in October 2018, scoring 17 runs in his first match.
Test Cricket Success
Rishabh Pant’s breakthrough moment came in his debut Test series against England in 2018. He scored his maiden Test century in the fifth and final match of the series, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve this feat in England. He also became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia during India’s tour in 2018-19.
Ups and Downs
Despite his early success, Rishabh Pant faced a few setbacks in his career. He was dropped from the Indian team after a string of poor performances in the 2019 World Cup. He struggled to find form in the following months and was criticized for his shot selection and lack of consistency. However, he made a strong comeback in the 2020-21 season, scoring important runs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia and helping India win the series.
Playing Style and Records
Rishabh Pant is known for his aggressive and fearless playing style, which has earned him the nickname ‘Spider-Pant’. He has a natural flair for hitting the ball and can score runs quickly in any situation. He holds the record for the fastest Test century by an Indian wicketkeeper, scoring it off just 69 balls against England in 2021. He also holds the record for the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper in Test cricket, scoring 159 against Australia in 2021.