After Rishabh Pant had a bad day on the field in the crucial IPL 2022 match against Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma came out in support of him.
Rishabh Pant, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, had a poor game on Saturday as his side was eliminated from the Indian Premier League 2022, and he was criticized for his captaincy. Pant made a couple of captaincy errors when taking DRS calls, and he also dropped a critical catch as Delhi fell to Mumbai Indians and was knocked out of the playoff race.
Rohit Sharma on Rishabh Pant
Dewald Brevis was given a respite after Rishabh Pant dropped an absolute sitter in the 12th over. Following the match, Rohit Sharma admitted that “little fumbles can happen” in a high-pressure tournament like the IPL, but trusted Pant to bounce back stronger next season.
“He is a quality captain, there’s no doubt about it. In the past seasons we have seen how he has led his team. Sometimes things don’t go your way, it is as simple as that. I have been through these kind of situations before and I was just telling him about the same thing. These kind of things happen on the ground, sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. So, there is nothing wrong in it,” Rohit Sharma said.
Pant, according to the 35-year-old, reads the game well from behind the stumps and that small errors do happen occasionally in the game.
“You can take a lot of learnings from all of this and try and keep things simple. He’s got a great mind, he reads the game well from behind. It’s a high pressure tournament and those little fumbles can happen. But it is important not to lose confidence and not to start doubting yourself. That is something I spoke to him about. He’s a confident guy, he’ll come back strong next season,” he added.
While Brevis’ dropped catch didn’t cost DC much, as the young South African batter was dismissed for 37, the choice not to review a caught behind against Tim David came back to haunt them.
When DC opted not to take the review, David was on a duck. He then went on to hit 34 runs off 11 balls to put MI in command. The Mumbai Indians went on to win by five wickets, effectively ending DC’s playoff chances. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, became the fourth and last team to qualify for the playoffs.