Rishabh Pant’s half-century against Royal Challengers Bangalore is one he will never forget. The 19-year-old lost his father on Wednesday, but returned to play Delhi Daredevils’ first IPL 10 match in Bengaluru on Saturday.
The young wicketkeeper-batsman played like a champion, scoring 57 off just 36 balls. However, Pant’s second IPL half-century went in vain as the Delhi Daredevils lost by 15 runs.
DD captain Zaheer Khan said:
Zaheer KhanHe played well, and just needed support at the other end. Pant showed a lot of courage, he has undergone personal trauma, we are all with him.
The cricket fraternity including Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag along with the cricketers’ fans also took to Twitter to laud Pant’s grit and determination.
Sorry for the loss of your father Rishab Panth still batted really well under pressure tough to deal mentally All credit to @RCBTweets— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 8, 2017
Really feel for young Rishabh Pant. Losing your father is a terrible blow and cricket is only a weak balm. But at least it is a balm— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 8, 2017
He's 20,been performing the last rites for his father & he's come to play a special innings for #DD. Rishabh Pant is going to be some player— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 8, 2017
Hit first ball he faced today for 6, hours after cremating his father. And going strong. Rishabh Pant stands btwn victory & defeat for RCB— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 8, 2017
We've just witnessed a special innings from a special player...Rishabh should be the present of Indian cricket. He's the future for sure.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 8, 2017
can't even imagine how tough this is for young rishabh pant. has just cremated his father and flown in to bangalore #RCBvDD— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 8, 2017
My heart goes out to the valiant #RishabhPant ! Such a braveheart ! God bless you and sorry for your loss.— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) April 8, 2017
Bow Down To You Bro #Rishabhpant 🙌— Virat Kohli🏆 (@imPriyaVK) April 8, 2017
It Takes A Lot Of Courage & Strength To Do What You Have Done Today!
Best Wishes For Future..Keep Going💕
Although RCB won the match but Rishabh Pant won the hearts.. You have my respect champ 🙇 #RCBvsDD— Renu Manuja (@RenuManuja) April 8, 2017
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