The 27th match of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League is currently underway, where the Delhi Capitals are taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. DC captain Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to field first at the Wankhede Stadium.
Delhi Capitals got off to a great start as Shardul Thakur dismissed Anuj Rawat for a golden duck, while Khaleel Ahmed dismissed opposition captain Faf du Plessis in the powerplay overs. Even Virat Kohli got run out soon as RCB slumped to 40/3 after 6.2 overs.
Glenn Maxwell then rescued the Royal Challengers Bangalore with a counter-attacking half-century. He did not show any relent to Kuldeep Yadav. The Australian all-rounder scored 23 runs off the first over bowled by Kuldeep. He welcomed him to the crease with a four on the first ball. On the second ball, Maxwell took two runs and retained the strike.
Maxwell pulled the third ball and deposited it over the mid-wicket fence to score half a dozen for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fourth ball went for a four before Maxwell whacked another maximum off Kuldeep’s bowling. The over ended with a single as Maxwell raced from 24(19) to 47(25) in the space of six balls.
Generally, any captain would have looked to use another bowling option against Glenn Maxwell for the next over, but Rishabh Pant did not do so. He backed Kuldeep Yadav, and the left-arm wrist-spinner did not disappoint him. Kuldeep bowled a flighted delivery, which was smashed by Maxwell straight into the hands of Lalit Yadav.
Fans on Twitter laud Rishabh Pant for backing Kuldeep Yadav despite the destruction from Glenn Maxwell
Here’s how the cricket fans on Twitter reacted after seeing the way Rishabh Pant backed Kuldeep Yadav to bowl against Glenn Maxwell and subsequently picking up his wicket.
This is why you need a captain who believes in you. Any other captain would have taken Kuldeep out of the attack due to Maxwell, but Pant trusted him and he got the wicket.— Shivz (@Shivz_Tweets17) April 16, 2022
Well done Pant and Kuldeep ❤🔥 #DCvsRCB | #RCBvsDC | #RishabhPant
What A Captaincy From RP ❤️— Nischal ❤️ (@SlowerOne_) April 16, 2022
Backed Kuldeep Against Maxwell Even After A 23 Run Over .
Other Captains Would Have Used There 6th Option
My Captain @RishabhPant17 ❤️
Glenn Maxwell's brilliant knock ends with 55 in 34 balls. Kuldeep Yadav had the last there, RCB 5 down now.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 16, 2022
How things change in an over – Kuldeep from trying to find a way out of that over against Maxwell finds himself trying to float it up to DK whose only goal at that point is to see him off.— Cricket With Ash (@CricketWithAsh) April 16, 2022
It struck me how Pant was willing to bring Kuldeep back on after being smacked by Maxwell.— Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) April 16, 2022
What does Kuldeep do? Dismisses him first ball. Almost had DK too.
Kuldeep is far too good a bowler to be lost to Indian cricket. Pant is captaining him superbly.#DCvRCB #IPL2022
Kuldeep gets his Man, what a comeback from him to get dangerous Maxwell. This is what he known for this season 🙌— Ashwini/ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ🇮🇳 (@AshuCric07) April 16, 2022