World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RR

first_img view more view less Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 00:27 IST Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning 78* off 36 balls against Rajasthan Royals on Monday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named man-of-the-match after his unbeaten 78 helped DC crush RRPant’s form had dipped after a 78 not out vs Mumbai Indians a month agoPant conceded the World Cup selection had played on his mindRishabh Pant hit an unbeaten 78 off 36 balls as Delhi Capitals crushed Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets to top the points table in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Pant had smashed an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians on March 24 but had since seen a dip in form.To make matters worse for Rishabh Pant, he was omitted from India’s World Cup squad after he failed to grab his chances. In between those two 78 not outs, Pant was often criticised for his shot-selection. With scores of 25, 11, 39, 5, 18, 46, 23, 7 and 6, he was not doing what was expected of him. RR vs DC Report | HighlightsRishabh Pant finally found his mojo a week after India announced their 15-man World Cup squad. Up against the Royals, Pant walked out to bat at a critical juncture in a crucial chase of 192.With Prithvi Shaw, Pant added 84 for the 3rd wicket and his innings was studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes. Delhi Capitals Ricky Ponting said India had made a mistake by not taking Pant to the World Cup.What a win this for @DelhiCapitals against the Rajasthan Royals pic.twitter.com/dGTz9UM598IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019Rishabh Pant admitted he was thinking of the World Cup selection even as DC continued their march to the top of the table.”Feels really good to make your team win a crucial match,” Pant told the broadcaster after winning the man-of-the-match.”I won’t lie that the thought wasn’t running through my mind, but I just focus on my process and that’s all I was thinking of,” he said.advertisementDelhi Capitals also benefitted from Shikhar Dhawan’s rapid fifty at the top. Obviously, skipper Shreyas Iyer was a happy man and said he was thrilled with the way the batting group was beginning to click.”We are happy with our team is going. The positivity is spreading in the camp. Ricky tells us that batsman who get start should bat for a long time.”Rishabh took that initiave and batted till the end. In the previous match, I was there till the end and Shikhar did it too in one match,” Iyer said after DC won.Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag celebrates 1st IPL wicket with Bihu danceAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Delhi CapitalFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow 2019 IPL No data available! graphs advertisementcenter_img commentary World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRIPL 2019: Rishabh Pant said the World Cup selection did play on his mind after his aggressive 78 not out helped Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals and move to the top of the 2019 Indian Premier League points table scorecardlast_img read more