IPL 2018: Glenn Maxwell Hails Rishabh Pant’s Knock, Maintains Sunrisers Were ‘Too Good’ at Kotla
Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) Rishabh Pant scored the highest score being an Indian in the history of Twenty20 cricket on May 10 (Friday) at the home base of Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. But, unfortunately, his side still ended up losing the game to dominating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
While the Orange Army became the first side to qualify for the playoffs in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi’s hope of making it to the knock out stage took a massive beating.
The 29-year-old Glenn Maxwell, who has been under-fire for his poor string of scores, praised his teammate Pant for the outstanding knock.
The Australian cricketer Maxwell also admitted that their opponents and the table toppers- Hyderabad were a better side on the field.
“Unbelievable innings from Rishabh Pant tonight! Continues to play with amazing skill and power. Unfortunately, Hyderabad were too good for us tonight. Hopefully, finish the season with 3 good wins for our amazing home fans,” Maxwell tweeted.
Here’s the tweet:
Unbelievable innings from @RishabPant777 tonight! Continues to play with amazing skill and power. Unfortunately Hyderabad were too good for us tonight. Hopefully finish the season with 3 good wins for our amazing home fans.
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) May 10, 2018
Pant’s heroics goes in vain:
The Delhi-based team put up a strong performance at their home ground. Pant’s unbeaten 128, which saw him clear the ropes on seven occasions apart from hitting 15 fours, was the highlight of the game.
But an impressive 176-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson sealed a win convincingly and eventually overshadowed Pant’s heroics.
Rishabh Pant, whose 128 is also the fourth highest T20 score of all time, said that it was a bit harsh on their part.
“It’is very harsh on us because the wicket was better in the chase because of dew but it happens in cricket. I just try to see the ball and play according to it, today I took my time and played out well actually,” Pant said during a post-match presentation.
“There was some miscalling (miscommunication), it was difficult for me and the second run out, I misjudged the run but it’s a part of the game. After the run outs, I took the responsibility and tried to do better for me and my team. I don’t know if it’s my best knock but till now it’s one of my best.” he concluded.