IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan lauds India U-19 hero Rishabh Pant

first_imgDelhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan lauded India Under-19 batsman Rishabh Pant after the youngster smashed his maiden Indian Premier League half-century to power Delhi to an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions last night. (Rishabh Pant’s maiden fifty sees Delhi crush Gujarat by 8 wickets)Playing only in his third IPL match, 18-year-old Pant stole the limelight as he hit a 40-ball 69 with the help of nine fours and two sixes as the Daredevils chased down the target of 150 with 16 balls to spare in Rajkot.Pant stitched 115 runs for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock (46) and that took the game away from the Lions who lost their second consecutive match and third in nine games. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage)Zaheer, who is leading Delhi in their best-ever IPL campaign, praised the youngster, saying his knock was special.”Rishabh’s performance was amazing, special. Batting with Quinton would have helped him. Rishabh has taken a leaf out of Quinny’s book,” Zaheer said at the post-match presentation.”You have seen the way Quinton has been going this tournament. He is a match winner,” he added.With Tuesday’s win, the Daredevils move up to the second sport with 10 points in seven matches.Pant, who was brought for INR 1.9 crore by the Daredevils, is one of the highly-rated talents in the U-19 circuit. He played some fantastic knocks at the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year and was praised by India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who is also the mentor of the Daredevils.Pant, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said he relishes playing for Delhi and thanked his captain and coach for their support.advertisement”It is pleasure playing for this team. I am a youngster, and it’s great or receive the support of the captain and coach. It’s great to play under Rahul Dravid,” he said.last_img

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