After smashing a match-winning, unbeaten 78 off just 27 balls for the Delhi Capitals against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night, Rishabh Pant won praise from India’s 2011 World Cup hero, Yuvraj.
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“I can’t really say about (Pant’s) selection (into India’s World Cup team) but Rishabh was outstanding today. He (Pant) had an outstanding season last year as well. He is playing well in Test matches as well.
To score two hundreds overseas at such an age shows his character. It is important that we groom him well and hopefully he is the next big thing for us,” complimented Yuvraj, who watched helplessly as Pant smoked his team’s bowlers for seven sixes and as many fours in an incredible knock that shaped his team’s 37-run win. Singh.
Making a successful debut for his sixth franchise in the IPL, Yuvraj scored a 35-ball 53 for MI in the team’s opener. Replying to a question on what keeps the veteran batsman going at 37, Yuvraj said that he would carry on playing till he enjoyed the game.
“The last two years, have been up and down (for me). And I could not decide on what to do and the main thing was that why I played the game when I started playing the game, I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India, I was playing for U-16, U-14. So till the time I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play.
Yuvraj said that talking to batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is part of the MI dugout as the franchise icon, had helped him clear up his thoughts about his approach in the twilight years of his career. “When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots.
I have been speaking to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 (and how he felt). Talking to him makes things easier for me. And I’m just playing because I enjoy playing cricket pretty much,” he said.