GT vs DC: Rishabh Pant wins Player of Match award for wicketkeeping, captaincy

DC captain, Rishabh Pant bagged the Player of the Match award against Gujarat for his brilliant decision-making and wicketkeeping skills on Wednesday 17 April. Pant affected two stumpings and picked one sensational catch in the match as DC smashed GT at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Hyderabad. After the game, Pant revealed how he has been feeling in better health with each and every match of his side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Pant’s comments came after DC’s comfortable 6-wicket victory over the Shubman Gill-led GT. Pant showered praise on his bowling unit’s exceptional performance on Wednesday, which saw them bundle out a star-packed GT batting lineup within just a mere 89 runs. Pant’s IPL 2024 campaign has been all about his flaming return to cricketing action, specifically with his batting prowess that had seen him bag 194 runs before taking the field on Wednesday against GT. However, DC’s third win of the season was all about showing the cricket fraternity that the 26-year-old is well and truly back in touch, even when it comes to wicketkeeping duties.

In their run-chase of the 90-run target, DC started with a bang on top of Jake Fraser McGurk’s 20 (10) knock, followed by cameos from Abishek Porel, Shai Hope and Pant, which took their side through to the victory.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Pant gave an insight into his personal physical condition.

“The only thought process I had before coming to the field that I want to be coming in a better way. That’s the only thought process was in my mind whenever I was going through my rehab process and hopefully with each and every match I am feeling much better. Loving to be back on the field,” Pant said.

Pant also went on to hail his side’s bowling performance against GT, as one of their best so far in this IPL season.

“There are a lot of things to be pleased about. We talked about the thought process with each and every player and today our team showed that we can play in that fashion. Really happy to see that…One of the best performances. It’s early in the tournament, I think we can improve each and every day as an individual but I think this has been so far one of our best bowling effort,” Pant added.

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With this win, DC have now jumped to the 6th spot on the IPL 2024 points table, and will now shift focus on their upcoming high-value clash against SRH on April 20.

Published By:

Debodinna Chakraborty

Published On:

Apr 17, 2024

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