In their second game at home against Gujarat Titans, Delhi Capitals did a small gesture for their regular skipper, Rishabh Pant.
Additionally, the southpaw had also come to attend his franchise’s first home game of the season. While he was limping on crutches, Pant did not look flustered.
The gesture carried out by DC was that they put Pant’s jersey on the rooftop of their dugout for the entire game.
However, this gesture did not sit well with some of the BCCI officials who then instructed the franchise to refrain from doing it again.
Says an IPL source,
It seemed a bit over the top. Such a gesture is reserved in case of ultimate tragedy or retirement. In this case, it was neither. Rishabh is well and truly on his way to recovery faster than one expected. So while it was done with a noble intention, it is learnt that BCCI has politely told the franchise to avoid such gesture in future.
The idea for displaying Pant’s jersey in this was of head coach Ricky Ponting.
Pant greets the audience during Delhi’s first home game
On the other hand, Pant was quite lively and jovial in his support for his franchise.
However, his side had to taste the bitter pill once again as Gujarat Titans beat them by six wickets.
In the first innings, DC scored 162 runs, thanks to a handy contribution from Axar Patel.
But, skipper David Warner and opener Prithvi Shaw once again showed signs of struggle and therefore this has posed a big question for the Capitals.
They will have to reassess their situation before their next game against the Rajasthan Royals on the 8th of April.
While Anrich Nortje gave Delhi some quick wickets, it was youngster Sai Sudharsan who took the game away from DC’s hands.
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