One of the fascinating aspects of the Indian Premier League is watching the young domestic talents make their mark playing against the superstars of the game and that is one of the beauties of IPL. Right from the inaugural edition where the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja announced their arrival, there has been a constant flow of some eye-catching performances from the newcomers.
Along with Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Delhi Daredevils’s Rishabh Pant is also added to that awesome list. Playing only his third game of his maiden IPL season, Pant blazed his way to a 40-ball 69-run knock to help Delhi to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over table-toppers Gujarat Lions on Tuesday. He was promoted up the order against Gujarat and the 18-year-old showed what he is capable of by thrashing his maiden IPL half-century off just 25 balls, becoming the second youngest player to score an IPL fifty.
He even outscored his in-form and more experienced opening partner Quinton de Kock during a 115-run opening wicket partnership. Infact, Rishab Pant’s consistency was one of the prime reasons behind India reaching the final of the U-19 World Cup. This is not the only time when Pant has lodged the limelight.
Playing in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in the Bangladesh, Pant, the vice-captain of the Indian team, smashed the fastest fifty in the tournament’s history off just 18 balls against Nepal and eventually ended up scoring 78 runs off just 24 balls with nine fours and five sixes at a jaw-dropping strike-rate of 325.
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