IPL 2019 Eliminator, DC vs SRH: Virender Sehwag hails this player as game-changer after Delhi’s historic win
The win over SRH was Delhi’s first-ever win in a playoff/semi of any T20 tournament.Updated: May 09, 2019 15:10 IST
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag hailed wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as the game-changer after Delhi Capitals’ historic Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator win at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Courtesy of this win, Delhi sealed a place in Qualifier 2, where they will lock horns against Chennai Super Kings, who had earlier lost to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1.
Moreover, this is Delhi’s first-ever win in a playoff/semi of any T20 tournament. Before the clash against SRH, they had featured in 4 playoff/semi-final in IPL and one in CLT20 and came out on the losing side in all the matches.
Pant played a pivotal knock for Delhi as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. He creamed Basil Thampi for 20 runs off four deliveries in the 17th over and that changed the course of the match. Keemo Paul hit the winning runs on the penultimate ball of the match to take the team home with two wickets to spare.
Following Delhi’s win, former captain Virender Sehwag took to social media to laud the side and Pant in particular. Sehwag’s post read: “What a match. What a tournament @IPL is. Well played Delhi and exceptional knock from @RishabPant777 - The gamechanger #DCvSRH”.
Pant was dismissed one run short of his well-deserved half-century and he became the fifth DC batsman in the history of the tournament to be out on that score.
Speaking at the end of the match, Rishabh Pant, who was also adjudged the man of the match, said that he has to be more responsible and should look to finish off games for his side.
“If you are set on a wicket like this, you have to finish the match for your team. I took it very close, but next time I will finish it for the team. (Pressure) I just try to be positive. If your mindset is negative, it doesn’t help,” said Pant.