New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant has received a flurry of praises from cricket fraternity after he smashed a brilliant 43-ball 97-run knock to guide his side to a seven-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium last evening.
Pant, alongside Sanju Samson (61), helped his team sail to a crushing victory that ended Gujarat Lions' prospects of making it to the qualifiers in the ongoing tenth edition of the IPL.
Delhi made a mockery of a daunting looking 209, thanks to some exquisite power hitting from Pant and Samson that helped them chase down the target in just 17.3 overs.
The duo added 143 off 63 for the second wicket and took the game away from the Suresh Raina led-side.
Rishabh pant,Sanju Samson ...tonite wow..keep an eye on them teams ...they are special..— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 4, 2017
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 4, 2017
Love batsman with tremendous belief in themselves which is backed by a special ability for ball hitting.Extra Special today frm Rishabh Pant— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 4, 2017
This Rishabh Pant must see the ball before the bowler has conceived it. This is special. Take care of him.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 4, 2017
208 was a good score but Rishabh Pant showed why he is the future. Privileged to watch an incredible innings.#DDvGL— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 4, 2017
On 97, Pant edged a ball from Basil Thampi and he stood aghast as he missed out on a well deserved century.
This was the second-highest chase in the history of IPL and the result not only kept Delhi Daredevils in the race for a playoff spot, but it also knocked Gujarat Lions out of the tournament.
Delhi, who are now standing at the sixth spot with eight points from 10 games, will take on Mumbai Indians on Saturday.