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The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin from today. 23-year-old Rishabh Pant will be seen captaining in the IPL for the first time this year. Fans also trust him. He feels that along with captaining the Delhi Capitals, he will also bat well. The captaincy pressure will not have any effect on his batting.
This has come to light in Bhaskar’s social media poll. In the Bhaskar poll, fans were asked whether Pant will be able to bat well in the IPL this year under the pressure of captaincy? In response to this, 69.7% of the people got a vote. At the same time, 30.3% people said that Pant would not be able to withstand the pressure of captaincy. Delhi will start their campaign in the 14th season against Chennai Super Kings on 10 April.
Pant was made captain after Shreyas was injured.
Delhi’s regular captain Shreyas Iyer was injured during the series against England. He is asked by the doctor to rest for 4 months. After this, the team management appointed Pant as the captain. Pant is currently in the best form of his career. He has scored 736 runs in the last 15 innings of all three formats (Test, ODI, T20). During this, he has also scored a century. They have been the victim of Nervous-90 twice.
In the last 4 months, hard work improved the game
In the last 4 months, Pant has taken his game to a different level. He won all the hearts with his batting as well as wicketkeeping skills. Pant has a great ability to withstand pressure. The kind of innings that Pant played in the Sydney and Brisbane Tests against Australia this year and the fourth Test in Ahmedabad against England, he can play only those players who have the ability to judge all kinds of pressure. He first led India to a historic win in the Test series against Australia. After this, he played excellent innings against England in all three formats.
The innings of 97 and 89 in Australia made Pant a hero
In the Sydney Test against Australia, he diverted the almost lost match from the possession of the Kangaroo team and turned it to India. In Sydney, where it was extremely difficult to bat in the fourth innings, he was dismissed for 97 off 118 balls and the match was a draw. What he could not do in the Sydney Test, he did it in the fourth Test against Australia in Gabba, Brisbane.
Pant remained unbeaten in 138 balls in 138 balls at the Gabba. Because of this, India created history by defeating Australia in Gaba after 32 years. When he went for the tour of Australia, he was seen as a substitute wicketkeeper in the team. When he returned, he had become the most popular batsman in the country.
Won the match by scoring a century on the turning track in Ahmedabad
After this, he made several great catches and stumps behind the wicket on the turning track in the Test series held in England last month. The England and Australia series showed that he has now become a match player. The century (101 runs) scored in the fourth Test against England was enough to show that he had mastered reading the conditions and batting accordingly. Even after India’s top order failed in the series against England and Australia, they played aggressive cricket and scored runs with good shots. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has also praised Pant several times.
These 3 innings of Pant would not have been played by the current batsmen in 80-90 Test matches of their career. Seeing the way he hit James Anderson and Joffra Archer for six on the reverse scoop, it seems that he thinks out-of-the-box at bat. Certainly we can see the same thing under his captaincy.
Pant can break the record of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvraj
In this season of IPL, Pant has a chance to overtake Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh along with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Jack Kallis for the most runs. Pant, who made his IPL debut from the 2016 season, has scored 2079 runs in 68 matches so far. While Dravid has 2174 runs in 89 matches and Sachin has 2334 runs in 78 matches. Kallis scored 2427 runs in 98 matches. All three veterans have taken retirement from the IPL. If Pant scores 672 runs this season, he will leave behind Sehwag and Yuvraj as well. In the league, Sehwag has scored 2728 runs in 104 matches and Yuvi has scored 2750 runs in 132 matches.
Pant will leave Gilchrist behind in terms of maximum hunting
Pant has the chance to leave Gilchrist behind in terms of hunting the most players as a wicket-keeper. Pant is at number 9 in this list. He has so far hunted 54 players in 68 matches. At the same time, Gilchrist sent 67 players to the pavilion in 80 matches. However, between Pant and Gilchrist, there is also South Africa’s Quinton Dickock, who has 58 in 66 matches. Dickock will play for Mumbai this season, while Gilchrist has retired.
Pant and Dickock record 20+ poaching in IPL
As a wicketkeeper, Pant holds the record for sending the maximum number of pavilions to 24 players in a season of IPL. He achieved this feat in the 2019 season. Pant is followed by Quinton Dickock of Mumbai Indians at number two. This wicket-keeper hunted 22 players in the 2020 season. Apart from these two, so far no wicketkeeper could hunt more than 20 in a season.