Rishabh Pant’s on-field antics have complimented really well in the growth of the cricketer that he is today. With Shreyas Iyer out of the picture owing to a shoulder injury, Pant has been handed the responsibility to lead Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. Since then, all eyes have been on him and he’s doing what he knows best– be Rishabh Pant. Cut to Thursday night’s clash against the Rajasthan Royals, the umpire caused a delay in proceedings to check if there was a more-than-allowed number of fielders outside the 30-yard circle. Pant was heard saying, “That’s 1 minute being taken by you, umpire,” to stave off responsibility for the match delay.
Incidentally, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Chennai Super Kings was fined for a slow over-rate against Delhi Capitals in their tournament opener at the Wankhede Stadium. Since it was the first offence, he was penalised Rs 12 Lakh for it.
Is Pant taking notes from Dhoni? Probably. The 23-year-old DC captain’s cheeky exchange didn’t go unnoticed and those who were watching Thursday night’s IPL encounter were quick to share it on the microblogging site Twitter.
One minute before you Umpire- Rishabh Pant
— Not amused (@nxwanderlust) April 15, 2021
ONE MINUTE FOR YOU UMPIRE – RISHABH PANT
— Ganesh sobanapuram (@imGANESH25) April 15, 2021
Rishabh Pant telling the umpire, "one minute taken by you" so he isn't fined for slow over rate . #DCvsRR
— S I D D H A R T H (@breakingbadass) April 15, 2021
— Neha Gupta (@nehagupta06) April 15, 2021
Rishabh Pant is a proper character. I've never seen a cricketer telling umpire to hurry up. In other words, he's saying he won't accept responsibility for time lost due to umpire's time wasting actions.. #RRvDC
— Tat'uRadebe (@hlubizer) April 15, 2021
— Kartik Bhasin (@indianpolymath) April 15, 2021
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Chris Morris stood tall to justify his hefty price tag, scoring a crucial and brisk 18-ball 36 to take his side Rajasthan Royals home against Delhi Capitals. Royals, at one stage, were struggling at 90-6 in 14.5 overs chasing a target of 148 set by Rishabh Pant’s DC. Morris smacked four maximums in his unbeaten innings and helped the Royals register their first win in the IPL 2021 in style.