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If it is a mere coincidence that the meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘Rishabh’ is ‘A Bull’, it is far too uncanny to happen twice in a single day. Because if Andre Russell proved to be a bull in SRH’s china, Rishabh Pant did an encore with his assault on MI.
Much as we all love to spot a turning point in any game, much more so in the T-twenties, some games go with the script and don’t really have a turning point that you could put a finger on. And Rishabh Pant wrote a perfect script for his team with his annihilation of the MI bowling attack. His assault on the seemingly invincible Jasprit Bumrah was truly a sight to behold. The audacity of his shot-making was simply unbelievable. To begin with, MI have a rather dubious record of losing their first game since 2012. And when you are set a target of 215, the odds stack themselves up heavily against you. MI were all but batted out of the game by the Capitals, and only a hundred from one of the openers could have salvaged their chances of turning it around. But that was not to be, and little cameos are never enough in a script that doesn’t have a strong lead act. The sentimental favorite Yuvraj did put his hand up and show some fight, but without a major partnership, this chase was never really on.
Here is a chuckle moment our very own, effervescent Sunny Gavaskar provided from the commentators box :
Sunil Gavaskar after Ishant Sharma dismissed Rohit Sharma: “What a relief! A wicket after two years!”
A huge collective guffaw followed from the rest of the commentary team at the expense of poor Ishant.