‘He’s Got a Great Mind, Those Little Fumbles Can Happen’

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant had a forgotten night on Saturday as his side were knocked out of the 2022 Indian Premier League and came under scrutiny due to their captain. Bant made two team leadership errors while receiving calls regarding DRS, he also arrested Dewal Brevis as Delhi lost the match to Mumbai and the Indians were eliminated from the qualifiers.

However, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma defended his India teammate and said such things happen on the ground and he himself has gone through such situations.

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“He’s a quality leader, there’s no doubt about it. In past seasons we’ve seen how he’s led his team. Sometimes things don’t go your way, it’s that simple. I’ve been in this kind of situation before and I’ve been telling him about the same thing. These things happen on the ground So, there is nothing wrong with that,” Rohit said in a media interaction.

Pant missed the opportunity to score a clear goal in the 14th half as Tim David shot one straight to the goalkeeper. But Bant remained puzzled and did not go upstairs. At that time David had not even opened his account. MI Power hitter smashed 34 11-ball runs to completely change the momentum in his team’s favour.

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The 35-year-old complimented Pant and said he reads the game well behind his trunks and sometimes even small mistakes can happen in the game.

“You can take a lot of lessons from all this and try to keep things simple. He has a great mind, he reads the match well from behind. It’s a high pressure tournament and those little mistakes can be made. But it’s important that you don’t lose confidence and don’t start to doubt yourself. That’s something I talked to him about. He’s a confident guy who will come back strong next season.”

Delhi managed to make it to the playoffs in the past three seasons 2019, 2020 and 2021 but this time things didn’t work out for them.

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