Former West Indian legend Brian Lara has hailed Delhi Capitals’ keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for improving his gameplay from before to become an asset for his side. Rishabh Pant has crafted useful cameos in IPL 2020 for the Delhi Capitals that have been significant in their top-notch performances so far. Brian Lara feels that Pant has more range of shots with the change in technique.
In five matches so far in IPL 2020, Rishabh Pant has scores of 31, 37*, 28, 38, 37 at a burgeoning strike rate of 139.02. The southpaw has not had a fulfilling white-ball career in international cricket, often accused of throwing away wickets recklessly and fumbling behind the stumps. Hence, a fruitful IPL 2020 season could once again put Pant back on the map and primed to take the keeper-batsman’s job.
Brian Lara hailed Rishabh Pant as a major asset for Delhi Capitals, having improved and made adjustments concerning his batting. Lara pointed at Rishabh Pant’s run-scoring chart and stated that the southpaw has worked on upgrading his off-side play. The 22-year old’s role would once again be essential when Delhi Capitals face Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Friday.
“I think he is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals, but today he has also vastly improved his game. I am talking about his batting and the improvements he made in that department. On what is immediately noticeable is his propensity to try and get everything to the leg-side. Also, look at his run-scoring chart and that’s quite a proof of that fascination he has with the on-side. I think he has come to the realization that this is not working and he went away and worked on improving his off-side play,” Brian Lara stated as quoted by India Today.
“I believe, this young lad has a long-long way to go” : Brian Lara
The 131-Test veteran underlined that since Pant has increased his range of shots all over the ground, it is worrisome for the bowlers. Lara highlighted that the youngster now looks more balanced in the crease, looking to score over extra cover, over point, and in front of the point and is connecting smoothly. Hence, he believes that the Delhi batsman has massively improved, which will take him a long way.
“Now look at the changes he made. Now he has the ability to score runs in all parts of the ground. His scoring charts are looking impressive, and yes, more worry for the bowlers. He is now very well balanced and he is looking to score in key areas that he is not accustomed to scoring over extra cover, over point, in front of the point and his balance and his weight is staying there, he is not falling over to the off-side to create shots on the leg side. That is a vast improvement that he has made, which obviously going to help his all-round batting. I believe, this young lad has a long-long way to go,” the 51-year old added.