Ravi Shastri, the Team India head coach, feels that the IPL 2021 could witness a new team lift the trophy. His remark came after the nail-biting game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Delhi Capitals on Tuesday in Ahmedabad, which produced a result on the last ball with Virat Kohli’s side taking the two points by a solitary run.
Of the 8 teams currently in the IPL 2021, 3 teams – Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings – have now won the tournament at least once. However, Ravi Shastri’s post excluded the indication of KL Rahul’s side.
“Brilliant game last night. Seeds being sowed for a potentially new winner to emerge #IPL2021,” tweeted Ravi Shastri with a photo of the two captains after the game.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 28, 2021
Rishabh Pant’s struggle with the bat a key reason for DC losing to RCB
Amongst the teams in Ravi Shastri’s prediction, it is the Challengers who are leading the points table once again after securing their fifth win. They now have 10 points in 6 games, while MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings have 8 in a game less than RCB.
Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals have done really well to be positioned at number 3 on the table with 8 points in 6 outings – they have two more wins than the fourth-placed Mumbai Indians – having won those games without Shreyas Iyer, and also missed the services of Ishant Sharma and Axar Patel earlier, and now Ravichandran Ashwin.
They came just one run short of what could have been their fifth victory on Tuesday. The Capitals were set a target of 172 runs after AB de Villiers once again bailed RCB out lifting the total from par to challenging. The South African smashed 22 runs in the last over, as Pant opted for the pace of Marcus Stoinis over the spin of Amit Mishra.
The Delhi skipper didn’t have an ideal night with the bat either as he struggled for timing and placements – and in fact, dug his team into a hole himself. It was Shimron Hetmyer who brought the Capitals back in the game with his blinder of 53 runs off 25 deliveries.
However, the West Indian, too, couldn’t help DC over the line – he got to face just 1 delivery in the last over while on the other end, Pant failed to hit even a single maximum in his 48-ball stay.