Former India opener Aakash Chopra was not impressed with the Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant’s batting performance in the 64th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
Although, Delhi Capitals won the match by 17 runs against Punjab Kings to keep their playoff hopes alive Pant failed to make any major contribution with the bat.
The DC wicketkeeper-batsman Pant came out to bat after Lalit Yadav’s dismissal, who got out for 24 in the 11th over, and he got off the mark with a single and while facing his second ball he smashed a one-handed six to Liam Livingstone.
While facing his third delivery he once again tried to hit a six but completely missed his shot and got stumped by PBKS wicket-keeper Jitesh Sharma and Pant’s innings ended at 7 runs off 3 balls.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that he couldn’t understand why Lalit Yadav was sent to bat above Pant in the match. He added that Pant’s ego got in the way, which led to his dismissal. He asserted:
“There are some decisions which I don’t understand. Lalit Yadav was sent up the order, why? Rishabh Pant, you come to bat. He (Yadav) played 21 balls for 24 runs.
“You (Pant) have to bat, you hit a six and are left dumbfounded on the next ball. Ego actually came in the way because a lot of overs were left. You wanted to hit Liam Livingstone out of the stadium.”
It seemed PBKS had struck a lottery – Aakash Chopra
Chopra added that Punjab Kings got off to a great start by dismissing David Warner for a duck. He said:
“David Warner was dismissed off the first ball. When you get such a start, it seemed they (PBKS) had struck a lottery. You get Livingstone to bowl and he gets out there, this is a phenomenal start to the game.”
Aakash Chopra further lauded Sarfaraz Khan, Mitchell Marsh and Axar Patel for their brilliant batting performances in the match against Punjab Kings. He said:
“But after that Sarfaraz, yeh Sarfaraz dhoka nahin dega. He batted very well, different types of shots, fours and sixes. Mitchell Marsh was anyway batting well but wickets started to fall after that, which was bound to happen because there was turn on the pitch.”
“Rovman Powell, he disappointed a little. It is good that Axar kept on fighting. He made 17 runs, very important runs. If these 17 were not scored, you wouldn’t have reached 159.”
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