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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

RR vs DC: ‘Selection thing was running in my mind’, says Rishabh Pant after firing Delhi to top of the table

Pant, who was left out of India’s squad at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, smashed six fours and four sixes during his stay in the middle.

cricket Updated: Apr 23, 2019 08:19 IST
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Delhi Capitals cricketer Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs.
Delhi Capitals cricketer Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs.(AFP)
         

Ignored for the World Cup, Rishabh Pant Monday said the “selection thought was running” in his mind. Pant made a statement with a blistering 78 off 36 balls and powered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here.

“I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won’t lie, the selection thought was running in my mind,” Pant said at the post-match press conference.

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The young keeper-batsman added: “I focussed on my process and it worked for me. The wicket was playing good, and I just took advantage of that, I guess. Most important thing for our team is that everyone knows our role, and the support staff tells us, ‘this is your role, and this is what is going to happen to you’.”

Pant, who was left out of India’s squad at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, smashed six fours and four sixes during his stay in the middle.

DC skipper Shreyas Iyer was happy with the way the pitch played, and so was his counterpart Steve Smith.

“When we play away from home, the wickets are so good. We enjoy playing on the rise, and the wickets are perfectly made for them,” Iyer said.

“It was important to get a good start in the Powerplay, and Shikhar has been doing that well. The way we’ve been playing away games and coming back to our home games, we are unaware of how our pitch plays itself.”

Also Read: Pant upstages Rahane as Delhi beat Rajasthan to go top of the table

DC fought back after Rajasthan looked to cross 200 at one stage.

“We knew they were going to go all out, especially the way Ajinkya was batting. This is a big ground, and the pitch was a belter. The way they started, we were expecting 200, but the bowlers did well to restrict them to 190,” Iyer said.

The win lifted Delhi to the top of the table with 11 victories and four defeats from 11 outings.