“Just A Matter Of Time”: Ex-India Star’s Verdict On Rishabh Pant’s Form After Return


Former India batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu is confident that Rishabh Pant is making a comeback after a long absence of 15 months following his spectacular car accident. Pant returned to action during Delhi Capitals (DC)'s opening match of IPL 2024 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Saturday. The 26-year-old player received a standing ovation from the crowd at the newly-inaugurated Mullanpur Stadium in Mohali. While Pant scored just 18 runs off 13 balls, Sidhu hopes it is only a matter of time until he is back to his best.

“He is leading Delhi Capitals and running between the wickets and playing good cricket. It is just a matter of time before he gets his form back. But, the important thing is that Indian cricket is at its best. Ratna is back, and we should be grateful to God for his return to the field,” Sidhu said on Star Sports.

However, Pant's comeback was in jeopardy due to DC's loss to PBKS.

Chasing 175 to win, Punjab chased down the target with four wickets and four balls to spare thanks to England all-rounder Sam Curran's 63 off 47 balls at the IPL's newest venue Mullanpur in the north Indian state of Punjab. have done.

Curran completed his half-century and shared a crucial 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket with fellow Englishman Liam Livingstone, who hit the winning six in his 38-run innings off 21 balls to guide the team to victory.

“It's a really emotional time for me,” Pant said at the toss after Delhi were invited to bat first.

“Just want to enjoy this moment.”

After the defeat, Pant said, “Personally I was quite nervous but when you enter the field you have to go through it.”

“It's not the first time that I'm nervous, but I'm happy with this (comeback).”

Pant crashed his Mercedes north of New Delhi before dawn in December 2022 when the car hit a crash barrier, overturned and burst into flames, leaving him with multiple injuries.

He was taken to hospital before being taken to Mumbai for further treatment and surgery.

Pant has been on an intensive rehabilitation program since the accident.

In his place, Australia's Warner was made the captain of Delhi Capitals and the team finished ninth in the table of 10 teams last year.

(With AFP inputs)

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