Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has called Rishabh Pant as the Virender Sehwag of the present generation.
“Penny dropped for me last night. Rishabh is this generation’s Viru. Batsman who needs to be treated differently… which is to just let him be. You either pick him or drop him but never try and change him,” said Manjrekar on Twitter.
Pant played a crucial knock in the Eliminator on May 8, scoring 49 runs off 21 balls as Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). It was the first time DC had won a knockout match in the history of the IPL.
Pant has scored 450 runs in the 15 matches that he’s played in IPL 2019 for Delhi Capitals, averaging 37.5, with a strike rate of 163.63. So far, he has scored three half-centuries and his best score came against the Mumbai Indians on March 24, where he scored an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls.
Pant was excluded from the 15-member squad that will represent India at the 2019 ICC World Cup at England and Wales. In his place, Dinesh Karthik has been chosen as the second wicket-keeper for the quadrennial tournament because of his superior “wicket-keeping skills”.