IPL 2019, RR vs DC: Rishabh Pant draws praises from Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly after unbeaten 78 against Rajasthan

Rishabh Pant has attracted the attention of two legends at once -- Ricky Ponting calling him a cricketer "on a different planet" and Sourav Ganguly summing up his ultra-aggressive batting with a "wow".

Press Trust of India, Apr 23, 2019 17:58:33 IST

New Delhi: Rishabh Pant has attracted the attention of two legends at once — Ricky Ponting calling him a cricketer "on a different planet" and Sourav Ganguly summing up his ultra-aggressive batting with a "wow".

Rishabh Pant celebrates after guiding Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Sportzpics

Rishabh Pant celebrates after guiding Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Sportzpics

Days after being left out of India's World Cup squad at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, Pant made a statement by guiding Delhi Capitals to a win over Rajasthan Royals with a 36-ball 78 Monday night.

Mesmerised by the young keeper-batsman's range of strokes, former India captain and Delhi Capitals advisor Ganguly ran into the field and lifted Pant. Then, Ganguly tweeted, "Rishabh pant @RishabPant777@ParthJindal11 u deserve this .. u r wow."

Pant was in rampaging form as he smashed six boundaries and four sixes to help his team chase down a target of 192 with four balls to spare, the win has pushed DC to the top of the IPL standings.

Delhi Capitals head coach and former Australia captain Ponting was unshakeable in his belief that India erred in not picking him for the World Cup.

"I know how disappointed he was to miss out on the World Cup. In my opinion as well, I think India made the wrong choice there. I think he would have been absolutely devastating in English conditions through those middle over against spinners," Ponting said while speaking to the official broadcasters.

The two-time World Cup-winning captain added, "Would have loved to see what he could have done in the World Cup. As I said at the time he was left out, he's got the potential to play three or four more World Cups if he keeps himself fit and healthy."

After the dismissal of senior opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer, Pant played one of his most responsible innings in the ongoing IPL.

Ponting said, "Someone as explosive as Rishabh likes a bit more pace on the ball. And we saw that tonight. Once he gets those sort of wickets he's lethal. He got a wicket like that in Mumbai and he hit 70-odd off 20-odd balls.

"Rishabh himself, he is on a different planet. He is an ultra-talented guy. He is a real competitor and a winner. He loves these conditions. Some really good signs there going forward in the tournament."

Team mentor Ganguly also lavished rich praise on Pant, saying talented players like him should not be asked to change their game.

"Players like Rishabh Pant are genuine match winners. You don't want to tell them to change much. They might fail in four or five matches but on their day they can single-handedly win you matches, that is why they are important," Ganguly said during a post-match chat.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 18:07:50 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254