Suresh Raina. Photo- Getty
Suresh Raina. Photo- Getty

Former India National Cricket Team player Suresh Raina has lauded the Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Rishabh Pant for his captaincy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. However, Raina is not satisfied with Pant’s batting performance and is expecting him to fire with the bat very soon.

The 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will see the battle between Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, May 5.

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Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: IPL)
(Image Credits: IPL)

Notably, Pant has not scored a fifty, so far, in the 15th edition of the cash-rich league, with his highest score being 44. Also, he has scored 234 runs in 9 games at an average of 33.43.

Meanwhile, Raina said that the Delhi Capitals captain has utilised the left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav very well in the tournament.

“Pant for me is doing great as a captain. He has utilised Kuldeep Yadav very well and now he is winning matches for Delhi. But Pant – the batsman – still has to fire,” Raina told the Cricket Live show on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of IPL 2022.

Ricky Ponting, Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals
Ricky Ponting, Rishabh Pant. (Photo: IPL)

“He’s a big player, and with coach Ricky Ponting behind him, he’s going to click soon and a big innings is coming soon. Also, I believe DC aren’t playing like a compact unit. Other players in the team will also have to take up the responsibility and contribute,” Raina added.

Rishabh Pant has the potential to win matches alone – Mohammad Kaif

Rishabh Pant fo DC. Photo- IPL
Photo- IPL

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has said that the DC skipper has the potential to win the games single-handedly for his team but his performance with the bat, in the Indian Premier League 2022, has not been up to the mark.

“Rishabh Pant will’ve to decide whether he wants to play full 20 overs or he wants to play the role of a pinch hitter. Captain Pant will’ve to take a call on what’s in the interest of the team.

“Pant has the potential to win matches alone but his performance as a batsman hasn’t been up to the mark this year. So, I feel there’s the pressure of being successful as a captain and as a batsman too,” Kaif said on the same show.

Kaif was also disappointed at the Delhi Capitals for not doing justice to their potential in the Indian Premier League 2022.

“Delhi hasn’t done justice to its potential so far in this season. This team has played well in pieces. If this team wants to win the IPL, then all the players will’ve to show their A-Game and the responsibility lies with the skipper. He’ll have to lead by example,” he added.

Also Read: IPL 2022: “A Run-a-Ball 40 Doesn’t Suit Rishabh Pant And Doesn’t Take The Team Anywhere” – Virender Sehwag

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