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‘His mobility…’: KP lauds Pant’s wicket-keeping masterclass


NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals captain

Rishabh Pant

showcased a


masterclass in Wednesday’s Indian Premier League encounter against Gujarat Titans, further cementing his credentials for a place in India’s

T20 World Cup

Former England captain

Kevin Pietersen

lauded Pant’s performance, stating to Star Sports, “His mobility tonight was something that will give him great encouragement, which will also encourage

Team India

Pietersen emphasized the importance of Pant gaining ample game time in the IPL to prepare for the global tournament, stressing, “If he plays that much cricket, he will be ready.”

Delhi’s bowling coach,

James Hopes

, acknowledged Pant’s invaluable contributions, remarking, “Last year, we tried really hard to cover that gap.

But it is very hard to cover a world-class wicketkeeper, if not the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world, when he’s going on.”

Pant’s exceptional glovework was on full display as he took two catches, including a remarkable grab to dismiss David Miller, and executed a couple of sharp stumpings as Delhi bundled out Gujarat for a mere 89 runs.

Reflecting on Pant’s return from injury, Pietersen stressed the significance of game time, stating, “Of course, he needs game time, as everyone does when coming back from an injury. He’s returning from a horrific injury, so game time is crucial for him.”

With Pant’s stellar performances in the IPL, his prospects for selection in India’s T20 World Cup squad are bolstered. His exemplary skills and unwavering determination continue to impress, setting the stage for a potential starring role on the international stage.
(With inputs from Reuters)

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