When it comes to delivering live entertainment on the field, Rishabh Pant is the best wicket-keeper. His constant murmur from underneath the stumps not only annoys the opposition, but also makes everybody smile. In a recent IPL match against Rajasthan Royals, a similar incident occurred.
IPL 2021 is currently in progress, with the most stringent rules in its history. All of the required Covid 19 protocols have been implemented. Furthermore, the over-rate strategy has been tightened. A team must complete the maximum quota of 20 overs in 90 minutes, according to the rules. Failure to do so would result in a penalty, a match ban, and other consequences.
MS Dhoni, the captain of Chennai Super Kings, has already been chastised for his slow over rate this season. Against DC, the former Indian captain was fined a whopping 12 lakhs. Since the beginning of the incident, this has acted as a message to others not to replicate it.
This time, Rishabh Pant is leading the Delhi Capitals, and he is doing all he can to prove his worth. To everyone’s surprise, his team demolished the favorites, CSK, in the first match. He’s also well aware of the fines for slow turnover rates, and he’s regularly seen reminding his players to speed things up.
However, during Ravichandran Ashwin’s 7th over, the on-field umpires paused play for a brief moment to count the number of players outside the 30 yard circle. Rishabh Pant, who is known for his ability to entertain, seizes the spotlight and cheekily tells the umpire that the delay is his fault and that he should not be held responsible for the slow over pace.
Fans couldn’t stop themselves from storming Twitter with feedback after this piece was caught in the stump mic. “This one minute is taken by you umpire,” he was overheard saying.
On the ground, Rishabh Pant is a busy captain. He’s not only marshalling his troops, but he’s even telling the umpires to hurry up. All of the captains are suffering from slow over rate fever at the moment, and Pant is not willing to take any chances.
When it came to the match, the DC captain won the toss and elected to bat first. This backfired on the squad, as they lost four critical wickets for just 37 runs. Rishabh Pant wanted to lead his team over the finish line after his team struggled to score runs on a slow pitch.
During his time with the team, he scored 51 runs in 32 deliveries, hitting nine boundaries. It was his first half-century as a skipper, but he did not live to see the fruits of his labor. With a direct blow, Riyan Parag got the best of him, putting the Capitals on the back foot once more. Others did not make any significant contributions. Unadkat and Mustafizur were the best bowlers for the Royals and restricted the capitals to 147 runs.