Rishabh Pant’s new stint as the skipper of Delhi Capitals got off to a memorable start as Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings in their IPL opener at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Chasing a total of 189 runs for victory, Rishabh Pant led Delhi Capitals defeated CSK by a 7-wicket victory with 8 balls to spare, riding on the powerful performances of Shikhar Dhawan (85) and Prithvi Shaw (72).
After the match, Rishabh Pant expressed that walking out with MS Dhoni for the toss in their IPL opener was a special moment for him as the CSK legend has been his ‘go-to-man.
“Actually, it was special for me captaining in IPL and walking out for toss with MS. I have learnt from him and he’s my go-to man,”
Pant also lauded the performances by the likes of Chris Woakes and Avesh Khan, who ensured that DC wins their first match of IPL 2021. Talking about the game, Pant said:
“It was good, once you win the match everything is good. In the middle phase, I was under pressure, but good job from Avesh and the bowlers. We were thinking as to what we will do without Nortje and Rabada and I thought we had to do with the options we have.”
“We thought whatever we have we have to work around this and put the best playing XI. We just wanted to finish the match before one over, we didn’t think about the run-rate.”
Rishabh also heaped praises on the performances of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, who played match-winnings knock for DC. Pant said:
“Prithvi and Shikhar did a good job for us in the powerplay. They kept it simple and looked for boundaries.”
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