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Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has rated his knock of unbeaten 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League 2018 as one of his top five knocks. Pant was at his best against the Orange Army as he clobbered 128 runs off just 63 balls with the help of 15 fours and seven sixes. Thus, the attacking southpaw scored his runs at a blistering strike rate of 203.17.
In fact, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers are known for their accuracy but Pant had taken them to the cleaners in the 42nd match of the 11th season. Delhi found themselves behind the eighth-ball as they lost three wickets for 43 runs. However, the southpaw was able to get his team out of the woods with a brilliant knock.
Rishabh Pant was at his best
Pant was at his absolute best and he played at the top of his game. The left-hander’s staggering knock helped Delhi Capitals put a competitive total of 187 runs on the board. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to the total with nine wickets in hand as Shikhar Dhawan scored 92 off 50 whereas captain Kane Williamson scored 83 runs off 53 balls.
Pant added that he would have rated the innings even higher had his team ended on the winning side. The left-hander added it is always a better feeling when your team wins because of your contribution.
“It was a different feeling because the wicket was a bit difficult. The ball was stopping a bit initially and we had lost a few wickets as well. It felt like I had a responsibility to lift my team out of trouble and give it a good total. We had decided that 150-160 would be a good target on that wicket, but we ended up getting 190-something,” Pant told Delhi Capitals on Instagram.
“In the second innings the wicket got better to bat on and there was dew. But it was one of the most amazing feeling. Whatever cricket I’ve played, I would rate that innings in one of my top five knocks. If we’d won the match, it couldn’t have gotten bigger than that. You don’t feel the importance of an innings like that when the team loses.”
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has an impressive record in the IPL. The pugnacious batsman has amassed 1736 runs in 54 IPL matches at an average of 36.17 and an outstanding strike rate of 162.7.
On the other hand, Pant is yet to cement his place in India’s limited-overs set up. KL Rahul has grabbed his opportunities and thus Pant has been warming the benches. The Delhi batsman has impressed in the Test fold as he scored centuries in England and Australia.