Rishabh Pant, the DC skipper was brought under the scanner for his poor captaincy against RCB. As a result, the Capitals lost a close game against Challengers by 1 run. Virender Sehwag also lashed out on Delhi Capitals skipper for not using his bowlers smartly.
DC bowlers got off the mark well against RCB. They dismissed Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal quite early in the match. But, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, and AB de Villiers took the game away from DC. Amit Mishra, who was awarded Man of the Match against MI, was not allowed to complete his quota of overs against RCB.
Virender Sehwag Bashed Rishabh Pant For His Poor Captaincy Against RCB
He bowled three overs and took one important wicket of Glenn Maxwell. Everyone expected that Mishra will surely bowl when AB de Villiers will come out to bat. But that was not the case. Even, Rishabh Pant went with Marcus Stoinis in the final over that turned the tide of the game against the Delhi Capitals. Mr. 360 Degree smashed 23 runs and helped RCB in posting a respectable total of 171 runs.
Later on, DC failed in managing the required run-rate in the match and lost early wickets well in cheap. In the end, it was Shimrom Hetmyer, who played a glittery knock of 53 runs off 25 balls. Rishabh Pant also managed a fifty with his bat. But, he totally failed in increasing the run-rate of the team. In the final two deliveries, DC required only 10 runs to win and Pant went for a couple of boundaries as DC lost the game by 1 run.
Virender Sehwag was very critical of Rishabh Pant’s captaincy. The former Indian opener rated Pant’s captaincy 3 out of 10. He felt the DC skipper didn’t use his bowling resources to the fullest.
“I won’t give him even five marks out of 10 for his captaincy because you just can’t make such mistakes. If your main bowler isn’t bowling, your calculations go wrong – that’s what captaincy is all about. You need to take care of that. A captain must manage his bowling resources according to the situation.
“You need to learn that. Or else you hand over the ball to whomsoever you want. The capability of a skipper is measured by how he turns the game around. He needs to make changes in the bowling or field position accordingly,” Sehwag was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.
“So, if Rishabh Pant wants to become a good captain, he needs to keep these small things in his mind. Play smart cricket, then only you can become a smart skipper,” he stated.