New Delhi: Rishabh Pant has matured tremendously as a person as well as a player in the last year and his knock against Mumbai Indians is one of many match-winning ones he will play in the coming years, said Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting.
Pant, the team’s top scorer last season, set the tone for the Capitals with a blistering 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians during his team’s 37-run win in Mumbai on Sunday.
“I have seen Rishabh mature in his game and as a person and that won’t be the only game he wins for DC. He will win many more games for sure,” a proud Ponting said on the eve of Delhi’s match against Chennai Super Kings.
Ponting said that while he always knew the young left-hander possessed an x-factor, what has impressed him the most is his ability to win games.
“I have known for a couple of seasons now that Rishabh Pant has got that x-factor but what I like more and more about him is how he is turning that into match winning performances more and more often as well,” Ponting said.
Terming Pant as a finisher, Ponting feels that he is at his best whenever a platform is created.
“If you look at the back half of the last edition, he was playing his best when our team was playing its best in those games. Even yesterday, we set up a good platform for him to go and express himself.
“Colin Ingram did a great job to change the momentum for us and giving Rishabh a platform to go and finish off the innings. But he is something special. You don’t see innings like that every day and he is doing it more and more often.”
Shikhar Dhawan played the role of an anchor compared to his free-hitting self.
“That is what we want from Shikhar, to hold the top-order together. Probably the reason he was more subdued was because it wasn’t easy to bat early on. First three or four batsmen told me that there was a bit of seam movement.
“We needed Shikhar to play that sort of role and get through the tough overs and that was going to allow Ingram and Rishabh to play the way they did later on. It’s been a really encouraging start for Shikhar.”