Rishabh Pant is certainly proving to be an astute captain. The newly-appointed Delhi Capitals captain has so far got his moves spot on, leading the Capitals to a season-opening win over Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. On Thursday, Pant was marshaling his troops quite well as the losing finalists from last year were defending a 147-run total against the Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai.
While he is getting his tactical moves right on the field, Rishabh Pant has been quite wary of over-rate fines after the IPL governing council introduced stricter rules to avoid matches slipping past scheduled time in the 14th season. Notably, MS Dhoni was the first captain to be penalised for slow over-rate as the CSK captain was slapped with a Rs 12-lakh fine last week.
After he was caught on the stump-mic, urging his teammates to get on with the job quickly during their win over Chennai Super Kings, Rishabh Pant went a step further on Thursday to let the umpire know that he was causing a delay.
During the Rajasthan Royals chase at the Wankhede Stadium, the on-field umpire stopped play to check whether there were more than the allowed number of fielders outside the 30-yard circle. Pant noticed the delay in proceedings and made sure he let the umpire know that it was not him who was causing the delay.
"That's 1 minute being taken by you, umpire," Pant told the on-field umpire.
Cricket fans on social media were quick to spot the cheeky comment from Pant as reactions poured in.
This one minute is taken by you umpire - rishabh pant ????— purushottam chandratre (@puruchandratre) April 15, 2021
Pant: This one minute is taken by you umpire.— Monica (@monicas004) April 15, 2021
Third umpire: pic.twitter.com/OFsIIOBxYt
"That one minute taken by you, umpire!"— Rahul Pandey (@sportstoryguy) April 15, 2021
Rishabh Pant on the slight delay from umpire's end in Ashwin's over??#RRvsDC
It was Rishabh Pant who rescued Delhi Capitals after they were jolted in the powerplay by Rajasthan Royals pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Mustafizur Rahman. While the Capitals, who were sent into bat slipped to 37 for 4, Pant came up with a counter-attacking knock, hitting 51 in just 32 balls.
However, Pant was run-out right after getting to his 7th IPL fifty and his first as captain. Following Pant's dismissal, Capitals once again lost momentum and huffed and puffed to 147 for 8 in 50 overs. It was a stark contrast to Delhi Capitals' performance from the other night as they had gunned down a 189-run target in just 18.4 overs against Chennai Super Kings in their season opener.