Former cricketers and experts react to Rishabh Pant’s gesture in DC vs RR match
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by 15 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, with Jos Buttler scoring his third century of the IPL 2022. While the Englishman made headlines for his 65-ball 116, which included nine fours and nine sixes, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant freaked out in the game’s final seconds.
Ricky Ponting, the team’s head coach, was unable to play due to a family member contracting Covid-19. Since a family member who was a close touch became ill, the Australian great tested negative on two tests.
Pant’s behavior was described by former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin as “poor sportsman spirit.” “The #DelhiCapitals have a bad sportsman spirit on show. “Cricket is a gentleman’s game, and this behavior is utterly wrong,” Azharuddin tweeted.
The Delhi Capitals captain was enraged when on-field umpires failed to check for a possible waist-high ball. While assistant coach Shane Watson sought to intervene, a very agitated Pant motioned his batters to come out. Pravin Amre, one of the Delhi Capitals’ coaches, went onto the field but was instructed to return by the on-field umpires. Buttler was also seen conversing with Pant near the rope.
Although the outcome is unlikely to be determined in this manner, DC was present for most of the game. They needed 36 runs from the final two overs, but Prasidh Krishna delivered a wicket-maiden to reduce the score to 36 from the final over. The Obed McCoy’s first three balls were smashed over for three sixes by Rovman Powell. In the DC camp, there was some anticipation, but at that time, a dispute erupted over a probable waist-high ball. Powell lost steam when the game was stopped for many minutes.
Whatever the outcome, the DC batters did an excellent job of keeping their team in the game. Even though David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, and Lalit Yadav all had superb innings, none of them could make it to the end.
Rishabh Pant was given an opportunity when he was dropped by Yuzvendra Chahal, but he was caught by Devdutt Paddikal on the following ball.
RCB vs RR: Fans Slam Harshal Patel For Poor Sportsmanship After Duel With Riyan Parag
Harshal Patel had a forgettable game against Rajasthan Royals, going for 18 runs off Riyan Parag’s penultimate over, allowing Rajasthan Royals to reach 144 after 20 overs. The total turned out to be sufficient, as RCB were bowled out for 115, losing the game by 29 runs. The Royals have climbed to the top of the points table with a net run rate of +0.561 after winning a low-scoring game by 29 runs.
In IPL 2022, Royal Challengers Bangalore has already lost two consecutive matches and four in total. On the points table, they have slid to fifth place. Harshal Patel’s on-field antics towards Riyan Parag cost them some fair play points as well.
After Parag scored 18 runs in his penultimate over of the Rajasthan innings, Harshal had a few words with him. The senior cricketer appeared to have taken out his frustrations on the youngster, which did not go over well with the audience. They chastised him for his rash and unnecessary behavior in the heat of the moment.
In terms of RCB’s batting performance, they have now been bowled out twice for poor totals. In their previous match, they were bowled out for 68 by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Royals bowlers held RCB to 115 for a win target of 145. Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli failed to contribute with the bat in both matches. Before being removed, Faf scored 23 off 21 balls. Kohli’s struggles with the bat have continued this season, as he has scored for nine out of ten balls. RCB has five games left in the league stage and has 10 points from nine games played so far this season.