IPL 2020: Rishabh Pant Is Likely To Play Against Kings XI Punjab

IPL 2020: Rishabh Pant Is Likely To Play Against Kings XI Punjab

Rishabh Pant,
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant who missed three games after being injured is likely to return for Delhi Capitals against Kings XI Punjab on 20th October. Delhi Capitals are sitting at the top of the points table with 14 points from nine games and in a fresh boost for the team, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is fit to go after recovering from a Grade 1 tear.

He missed three games after suffering the injury in the game against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah. He missed matches against Mumbai, Rajasthan again and CSK.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant Likely To Play Against Punjab But Final Call To Be Taken Before Toss

Speaking to ANI, a Delhi Capitals source said that the wicket-keeper had constantly been working on his hamstring with the physiotherapist and he is now fit to go after practicing without any trouble. A final call though is expected before the toss on Tuesday after which it will be known if DC will allow him to play or give him a few days rest before he returns to the field.

“He has been working closely with the physio and trainer and has completed sessions without any trouble and is fit. A final call is expected to be taken before toss but Pant is likely to play against Punjab,” the source said.

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer spoke ahead of the game against Rajasthan Royals on October 14 where he said that the team missed Rishabh Pant’s presence in the XI.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh PantShreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Rishabh Pant was replaced by wicket-keeper Alex Carey as Delhi Capitals had to change their combination of 4 overseas players. West Indian batsman Shimron Hetmyer didn’t play, and Tushar Deshpande debuted for Delhi.

“We have got nice back-ups who can come and perform, we are definitely missing him as a wicket-keeping all-rounder. We have other players as well who can be equally good and they can perform for the team anytime,” Iyer said at the toss.

Interestingly, he was also seen undergoing a fitness test before the game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Rishabh Pant Has A Grade 1 Tear And Not Just A Hamstring Pull: Source

A Delhi Capitals source had confirmed on October 13 that wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had suffered a tear and was kept under observation after it was initially thought to be just a hamstring pull.

“He has a Grade 1 tear and it is not just a hamstring pull as was believed to be. He is under observation and we are hoping he gets fit quickly,” the source had said.

He had on October 9 limped his way to complete the catch off Varun Aaron’s bat as Delhi Capitals celebrated an emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: IPL.

Before that, he was seen struggling to reach the wickets for the throws from the deep as well. But the injury concerns started with a sprint towards mid-wicket to stop a quick single earlier in the innings.

Rishabh Pant was advised a week’s rest after being plagued down by injury.

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