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‘Didn’t Expect This From Him’: Ex-India Batter Tears Into Pant For Digging A Hole For DC



Before the start of IPL 2022, many experts had tipped Delhi Capitals as one of the favourites to go all the way and win the tournament. However, the Rishabh Pant-led side has had the kind of start it would have liked, losing two of their three encounters thus far.

The Delhi-based outfit, which finished on top of the points table last year, started its campaign on a high, beating record IPL champions Mumbai Indians in their opening encounter.

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However, since then they have suffered two consecutive defeats against two debutant Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their previous two encounters, which has left them reeling on sixth spots on the points table. All three teams below them are yet to win a match.

Ahead of the LSG encounter, DC had received a major boost as their star players David Warner and Anrich Nortje were both available for selection. With them in the squad, most people expected them to put on a great show and get back on winning ways.

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However, both the players endured a forgettable outing as DC went down fighting to KL Rahul’s men by six wickets.

This defeat raised many questions on DC’s game plan and their players’ approach in the match, including their young leader Rishabh Pant. In fact, former India opener Wasim Jaffer has put the blame on the left-handed wicketkeeper-batter for his side’s disappointing batting performance.

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Prithvi Shaw’s fiery knock at the top of the order had given the Capitals a strong start but their batters, including Pant, dug themselves into a huge hole in the middle overs.

When asked if Pant’s slow batting contributed to DC’s loss, Jaffer said: “To some extent, yes. I didn’t expect this from him because today he got a bit late in getting off the block.”

Known throughout the world for his powerful batting, the 24-year-old looked a pale shadow of himself in front of the LSG bowlers. What’s worse was there was no attempt from his side to go after the bowlers and take the attack to the opposition.

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The southpaw played 36 balls and scored only 39 runs while remaining unbeaten. Although they had quite a few wickets in hand, Pant, for some reason, was afraid of getting out. In the end, his cautious approach cost his side a great deal.

Their watchful knock helped him carry his bat in the mid-innings break but it cost them some crucial runs which, in the end, decided the outcome of the match.

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