IPL 10: 19-year old Rishabh Pant played a gem post-father’s demise
New Delhi: It was just a difference of two days between Delhi Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant father's cremation and his heroics on the Cricket field. Despite suffering a personal tragedy, he played a lone warrior for his side playing a face-saving 36-ball 57-run knock for his side.
The result, however, did not go in Delhi's favour as it faced 15-run defeat in the hands of RCB in Indian Premier League game.
Rishabh's father, Rajendra Pant, passed away in his sleep following cardiac arrest on Wednesday. After the loss, Pant rushed to Roorkee to perform the last rites and also made his way to the M Chinnaswamy stadium for his team's IPL opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It may be recalled here that Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Indian captain Virat Kohli also faced the same phase in their lives when they were back to the Cricket field after paying homage to their father. Kohli had played for Delhi in Ranji Trophy while Tendulkar represented the tricolour in World Cup match.
Yuvraj Singh came up praising Pant's professionalism and tweeted, "Sorry for the loss of your father Rishabh Pant still batted really well under pressure tough to deal mentally."
DD skipper Zaheer Khan also heaped praises on the 19-year old, saying, "He played well, and just needed support at the other end. Pant showed a lot of courage, he has undergone personal trauma, we are all with him.”
DD coach Paddy Upton said that the whole team is supporting Rishabh Pant in his tough time. "He is a young man. It is very difficult, particularly when this happens in the family," he added.
Several sports personalities and tweeple have also praised the young truck and termed him as the upcoming sensation of Indian Cricket.