'I won’t give him even 5 out of 10' - Virender Sehwag hits out at Rishabh Pant's captaincy
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant suffered the wrath of the netizens on social media for his poor captaincy against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. When RCB were 148/5 in 19 overs, Pant decided to give the ball to Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
However, he failed to do full justice with the ball as he conceded as many as 23 runs in the last over. AB de Villiers took the attack to Stoinis and smashed sixes with ease. The last over changed the course of the game as RCB comfortably headed to a competitive total of 171/5 in 20 overs.
AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 75* off 42 balls including 3 fours and 5 sixes. Everyone expected Amit Mishra to bowl the final over. The experienced campaigner was named the man of the match against Mumbai Indians in the previous game. He also bowled just 3 overs and didn't complete his quota of 4 overs.
Instead of handing the ball to Mishra, Pant gave the ball to Stoinis, who bowled the only over in the innings and leaked too many runs. In reply, Delhi Capitals came close to pulling off a win. Despite having Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer well set at the crease with a half-century each, they couldn't chase the target as they lost the game by 1 run.
Virender Sehwag slams Rishabh Pant's captaincy
Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag was not impressed with Pant's captaincy after DC's defeat to RCB in Ahmedabad. Sehwag criticized Pant and rated his captaincy three out of 10. The Nawab of Najafgarh also urged Pant to rotate the bowlers at the right time and use the bowlers properly.
“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,” the former opener 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.