IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh Praises Rishabh Pant For Heroic Knock Against RCB
For a 19-year old, who is trying to find his feet at the highest stage of the game, losing his father is probably the biggest setback one can receive. But the reaction of the individual in these tough times is probably something that separates the champions from a mere mortal.
Many years ago, Sachin Tendulkar represented India in a World Cup match just hours after paying homage to his father. Few years later, an 18-year old Virat Kohli had overpowered his father’s loss to score 90 and saved Delhi from a follow-on in a Ranji Trophy.
It was now Rishabh Pant’s chance to show his determination and commitment and the Delhi youngster has left one and all impressed with his sheer courage and professionalism. The wicketkeeper-batsman joined the Delhi Daredevils camp just hours after performing the last rites of his deceased father on Friday (April 7). Rajendra Pant, Rishabh’s father, passed away in his sleep in Roorkee on Wednesday due to a cardiac arrest.
Not only that, he also played his team’s opening game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore but hold on the best was yet to come. The highly-rated left-handed batsman had come out to bat when Delhi were reeling at 55 for 3 in the eighth over while chasing 158 . But he made his intentions crystal clear by sending the very first ball he faced out over the ropes. Putting his personal setback behind, the youngster kept on batting brilliantly and kept Delhi in hunt even though the middle and lower order crumbled around him. The southpaw finally departed after scoring a brilliant 57 off only 36 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes. However, his courageous knock went in vain as Delhi fell short by 15 runs.
But Pant has been garnering praise from all over for his determination and professionalism. And the latest to praise him is senior India partner Yuvraj Singh.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad took to Twitter to praise the youngster for his heroic knock despite suffering such a big setback.
“Sorry for the loss of your father Rishab Panth still batted really well under pressure tough to deal mentally All credit to @RCBTweets,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Sorry for the loss of your father Rishab Panth still batted really well under pressure tough to deal mentally All credit to @RCBTweets
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 8, 2017
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