'Rishabh Pant will get 20 off these last four': Ricky Ponting reveals dugout chat with DC stars after win against GT | Cricket


Superstar Rishabh Pant emerged as the standout performer during the IPL 2024 match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Gujarat Titans (GT) on Wednesday. While Pant was on a rampage, head coach Ricky Ponting revealed an intriguing conversation that took place in the dugout during DC's last innings batting. Pant, in a sensational display of power hitting, was in fine form, scoring 58 off 37 balls as he entered the last over with DC at 193/4.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant with head coach Ricky Ponting during a training session (PTI)

What followed was a remarkable attack from Panting against a veteran leader Mohit Sharma, where he smashed an incredible 30 runs, including four sixes and a boundary. This explosive finish propelled DC to a massive total of 224/4 in their 20 overs, which proved just enough for a four-run victory over GT.

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After their match, the official IPL Twitter account posted a video featuring post-match updates from the Delhi Capitals. Head coach Ricky Ponting shared a captivating conversation that took place in the dugout during Rishabh Pant's powerful innings.

“The boys in the dugout were saying with four balls left we will get 10-12 runs. I said no, Rishabh will get 20 from these last four deliveries. And he got 22,” Ponting said. Pant, with a boundary and three booming sixes off the last four deliveries, validated Ponting's words.

The keeper-batsman also praised Axar Patel's crucial knock at number 3. “He was going through ups and downs, not getting enough runs with the bat. And people always question it, but it's someone but he’s someone who always puts everything that is behind him.” said about him and that's what I like about him and he raises his hand whenever he's under pressure or when he's given a job and he's there for the team,” Pant said.

Axar Patel played a pivotal role for DC. Batting at number 3, he anchored the innings with a crucial 66 off 43 deliveries. His knock was particularly important as they were in a tricky situation at 44/3 in the sixth over. He then put on a game-changing 113-run partnership with Pant for the fourth wicket, saving the innings. Axar's impact extended beyond batting, as he also contributed with an impressive wicket and three catches during the bowling innings.

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