India’s Piyush Chawla backed up Delhi’s capital city (DC) captain Rishabh Pant to continue as a franchise curator for the sequel Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Acknowledging that the goalkeeper had made a few mistakes, he pointed out that the 24-year-old is still relatively new to the leadership role and is still learning the tricks of the trade.
Pant was heavily criticized for his leadership in DC’s must-win encounter first Mumbai Indians (MI) in the franchise’s final tournament match. He knocked out a Dewald Brevis skier at a pivotal moment in the match.
Notably, he declined to join the DRS against Tim David after his arrest appeal was denied. Video replays showed the Mumbai hitter hitting the first ball he faced. Relying on his luck, David landed 34 shots at 11 balls as MI went on to beat DC with five unders, knocking them out of IPL 2022.
Despite some negative reviews of Pant’s leadership, Chawla decided that DC should stick with him as captain. Talking to ESPNcricinfohe say:
“Pant is young and still learning as captain. Mistake happened. Not just Rishabh Pant, any captain can make mistakes. He is a man for the future and I am sure he will learn with time and experience. He is a street smart cricketer who will only improve as he continues to lead”.
Delhi almost missed the IPL 2022 knockout round. They are 5th on the scoreboard after the group stage, winning 7 and losing with the same number of matches.
“Don’t think the captaincy affects his hitting in any way” – Chawla on Pant’s poor numbers with the bat
Some critics suggested that the responsibility of leading the team affected Pant’s ability to hit the ball. However, Chawla disagrees with this observation. According to him, captain or not, Southpaw will only hit one way. He further explained:
“I don’t think the captaincy affected his hitting in any way. If the ball there is hit, even if it is the first ball he faces, he will chase that ball. I don’t think the captaincy has anything to do with his batting performance in this IPL. I wouldn’t even say that his form is bad. He hit the ball well and played those impressive cameos, but couldn’t turn those into big hits. I would like to see him again leading Delhi next year. ”
The active hitter scored 340 runs in 14 IPL 2022 matches with an average of 30.91 and strike rate of 151.79. He hasn’t scored in half a century and finished the season with a top score of 44.