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Rishabh Pant is one of the best keepers in world: DC coach James Hopes

Rishabh Pant is one of the best keepers in world: DC coach James Hopes

With this win, DC will be hoping to build momentum and climb the IPL 2024 points table. Pant's impressive performance as captain and wicketkeeper will undoubtedly be a key factor in their quest for success.

The Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a convincing six-wicket victory over the Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. This win marked Rishabh Pant-led side’s third victory in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season.

Dominant Bowling Performance by Delhi Capitals

The win was built on a disciplined bowling performance by DC. Ahmedabad, usually known for high-scoring matches, saw a different story unfold. Electing to field first, Delhi Capitals restricted GT to a meagre 89 runs, dismantling their batting line-up at regular intervals.

This came as a surprise after the recent trend of high-scoring encounters in the IPL, including the record for the highest score.

Rishabh Pant: All-Round Brilliance

Behind the stumps, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant had a night to remember. His quick reflexes and renewed leg strength were on full display as he claimed a total of four dismissals, including two sharp catches and two lightning-fast stumpings.

This stellar performance by Pant behind the wickets earned praise from the team’s bowling coach, James Hopes.

While talking about team’s overall performance, James Hopes said:

“Tonight is the night where everything went our way, from close call to fortune. It feels good to finish a game like we did with bat also. Hopefully this win will negate the 260 game (loss vs Mumbai Indians). Boys are happy and they will be back to home tonight – Delhi.”

James Hopes hails Rishabh Pant Impact

In the post-match press conference, James Hopes lauded Pant’s overall contribution. He highlighted not only Pant’s exceptional keeping but also his sharp captaincy and consistent batting throughout the tournament.

James Hopes further emphasized the hard work put in by the entire fielding unit, which yielded excellent results in this match. He went on to acknowledge the difficulty of replacing a world-class wicketkeeper like Pant, highlighting his crucial role in the team.

“Guys works hard on the fielding. They work really hard for it and tonight they got result for it which made me happy. Last year we tried real hard to cover that gap (on Rishabh Pant not available as WK). Look its real hard to cover a world class keeper if not the best keeper in the world going (Rishabh Pant). Now Rishabh Pant is back and you can see everything about his game – his keeping, his captaincy has become very sharp, his batting has been good from the start of the tournament. He is leading really well at the moment.”

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High-Scoring IPL 2024 matches and Impact Player Rule

James Hopes also commented on the trend of high-scoring matches in the IPL, suggesting that this trend might influence other cricket tournaments worldwide. He remained neutral on whether this is a positive or negative development.

“The high score is coming easily because teams are coming heavy in terms of batting. Is it either bad or good for tournament I am not going to say it, but I think it will start creeping into other tournament in the world soon.”

With this win, DC will be hoping to build momentum and climb the IPL 2024 points table. Pant’s impressive performance as captain and wicketkeeper will undoubtedly be a key factor in their quest for success.

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