New Delhi: "Glad that you haven't been watching videos of me batting," Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid jokingly told Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson after their aggressive knocks guided the team to its second successive IPL win.
Chasing an imposing 209 to win, Pant (97) and Samson (61) recorded a match-winning partnership of 143 off 63 balls for the second wicket. With the second highest successful run chase in IPL history, Delhi recorded a seven-wicket win over Gujarat Lions here.
"I am glad that you have not been watching too many videos of me batting when you need 208 in 20 overs. Well done boys, terrific innings," Dravid told the duo in an interview posted on IPL's official website.
Dravid was lavish in his praise of Pant's selfless approach despite being quite close to getting a hundred.
"What I found impressive in Rishabh's batting is that he was not worried about his hundred. He was always looking to take the team home. But I am a hard taskmaster and I hope next time you will finish the job and stay not out," he told the duo.
"Incredible innings from the two boys and truly well deserved," said Dravid.
Samson, meanwhile, shared what Pant advised him.
"I started the innings really well. After hitting two sixes [in an over], I thought about taking a single," Samson told Dravid.
"He [Pant] came to me and told me: 'Bhaiyya, zyaada socho mat, bas maarte raho (don't think too much, brother, just keep hitting)'. I think that really helped me to go on. I really enjoyed batting with him," added Samson.
Delhi are currently fighting to stay alive in the league after a disastrous first half in the tournament.