Demands are growing for Rishabh Pant to resign as the Delhi Capitals’ skipper after his DRS blunder effectively cost the DC a place in the IPL playoff. Pant appeared for his post-match interview in a choked voice but that appeared to have little impact on fans, who are seething in anger.
Pant, who’s also the wicketkeeper of his side, first dropped an easy catch in the 12th over to give Dewald Brevis a life. It was, however, his DRS blunder involving Tim David that cost the DC a place in the playoff.
David was yet to score when he nicked the first delivery faced by him. Pant was best suited to go for the review, but he decided against it. David went on to score 34 runs from 11 balls and scripted a five-wicket win for Mumbai Indians.
The victory for Mumbai Indians meant that Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoff stage.
Reacting to his costly blunder, Pant later said, “I thought there was something but everyone standing in the circle was not convinced enough. So I was asking should we go up. In the end, I didn’t take the review.”
Pant was visibly dejected in his post-match interview as he promised to learn from mistakes and come back stronger next year.
Tim David was out but Pant didn't review. pic.twitter.com/e0hI6DpMRR
— Cricketupdates (@Cricupdates2022) May 21, 2022
Pant’s costly lapse did not go down well with fans, who demanded his ouster as the DC captain. One user wrote, “Resign from captaincy now, Rishabh Pant. Leave Delhi Capitals and never return.”
Another fan wrote, “Please resign @RishabhPant17 as captain…Focus on your batting and keeping!”
“Rishabh Pant resign from captaincy after this match. Have some shame Pathetic captaincy in crunch games. Concentrate on batting atleast,” commented another user.
Resign from captaincy now, Rishabh Pant.
Leave Delhi Capitals and never return.
— Shivam Bahuguna (@JanusBlinked) May 21, 2022
Rishabh Pant resign from captaincy after this match. Have some shame
Pathetic captaincy in crunch games. Concentrate on batting atleast
— Bittu (@Aravindgajjela) May 21, 2022
Please resign @RishabhPant17 as captain…
Focus on your batting and keeping!
— SАИМАИ (@Tirangawasi) May 21, 2022
@RishabhPant17 hey pant please resign your captaincy… U r not good at all…. Give captaincy to sarfaraz khan….@#€¥¢π×¶%©®™
— Tamil Rm (@tamil_rm) May 21, 2022
@RishabhPant17 you don't deserve to be a captain of DC.neither you are performing with your bat nor taking the right decisions or reviews.just 5 overs were left and you didn't take that review of Tim.if you have some shame left then pls resign from DC's captaincy. @DelhiCapitals
— NGamer (@NGamerNY) May 21, 2022
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, however, came in Pant’s defence saying that such blunders can happen to anyone in a high-pressure game, adding that there was nothing wrong in it.