IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant Needs to Finish Games if Delhi Capitals Wants to Win, Feels Kris Srikkanth
Delhi Capitals (DC) have so far blown hot and cold in this season in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They started the tournament on a high, but their form went down gradually. To revive their form, former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth believes Rishabh Pant needs to finish games and score consistently.
Currently placed at six, Delhi Capitals will look to make a turnaround against Kolkata Knight Riders later today at the Eden Gardens. For that Rishabh Pant needs to take up the responsibility for his side. The southpaw started the tournament with a bang scoring 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians. Since then, his form has gone down to the slope with scores of 25, 11, 39, 5 and 18. However, in contrast, big hitters like Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard have stepped up in crunch situations. Kris Srikkanth believes Pant has all the qualities to play a similar role, both in the IPL and for India.
“If there is one Indian cricketer in the IPL and Indian cricket who can emulate a Pollard or a Russell, it’s Rishabh Pant,” Srikkanth wrote in TOI.
“I firmly believe that he is one cricketer in India who could win his side — be it Delhi Capitals or Indian team — games from hopeless situations,” he added.
Pant needs to be a more patient: Srikkanth
Furthermore, assessing Rishabh Pant’s batting, Kris Srikkanth noted that the young cricketer needs to play straight bat shots at the start before attacking the bowlers. He also urged the Delhi cricketer to learn from the likes of Russell and Pollard how to target the bowlers.
Meanwhile, Pant has already represented India in all the formats and is a probable candidate for the upcoming World Cup. The southpaw also has two centuries to his name in overseas conditions in five Test matches.
“This kid has it in him, but from my observation, I feel that he doesn’t give himself enough time to showcase his talent in the middle. He goes too hard right at the start. He needs to play in the ‘V’ the first few balls, irrespective of the format, maybe push the ball towards long-on and long-off frequently and get his eye in. Pant needs to take a leaf out of Pollard and Russell’s book,” he concluded.
Delhi Capitals will expect a big knock from Rishabh Pant tonight against Kolkata Knight Riders to make upward progress in the points table.
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