IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant stops Suresh Raina from taking strike. All in good fun

Rishabh Pant is an explosive batsman, a fast-improving wicketkeeper but he is also a bit of a prankster. On Wednesday, Rishabh Pant elicit some laughter with his wry sense of humour during Delhi Capitals’ penultimate match of the 2019 Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk.

Delhi Capitals had started off well after deciding to bowl against Chennai Super Kings. Debutant Jagadeesha Suchith dismissed Shane Watson for a duck to rock CSK early.

Suresh Raina, one of only 2 batsmen with over 5000 runs in the IPL, walked out to bat but he found he was being blocked by Rishabh Pant as he tried to approach the batting crease.

Pant held on for a few seconds before allowing Raina to pass through and both men shared a laugh.

Suresh Raina, perhaps cheered on by the welcome, hit a few sterling shots and raced away to his 2nd fifty of the 2019 IPL. He has had a tough season but Raina led the charge for the Super Kings after Watson’s duck. Faf du Plessis was struggling at the other end but Raina ensured the runs kept coming for Chennai Super Kings.

Suresh Raina became Jagadeesha Suchith’s 2nd wicket on debut and fell for 59 off 37 balls.

Rishabh Pant had a terrific stint with Delhi Capitals last season – from 14 matches, he scored 684 runs and then made his debut for India in Test cricket later in the year. This summer, Pant had hoped to make it to India’s World Cup squad but he was overlooked as the selectors decided to pick Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper after MS Dhoni.

Speaking to India Today, Pant said he was disappointed with the World Cup snub but added he had moved on and his focus was now entirely on the IPL. Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs and Rishabh Pant will have a key role to play next week.

I was disappointed, obviously. Every player playing for the country dreams of participating in the World Cup. It would have been an entirely different experience,” Pant told AajTak in an exclusive interview, his first after being left out of the Indian World Cup team.

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