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What does Rishabh Pant’s comeback mean for DC in their do-or-die clash vs LSG?

What does Rishabh Pant’s comeback mean for DC in their do-or-die clash vs LSG?

Rishabh Pant's exceptional numbers at the Arun Jaitley Stadium will provide a big boost for DC.

The Delhi Capitals (DC) head into their final league stage match against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) needing a win to keep their IPL 2024 playoff hopes alive. And their cause is significantly bolstered by the return of their skipper, Rishabh Pant. Pant’s absence due to a one-match suspension for slow over-rate in the previous match against RCB proved costly, with DC’s batting collapsing to a meek defeat.

Pant and his dominant numbers at his home, Delhi

Pant’s return is a shot in the arm for DC, not just for his inspirational captaincy, but also for his firepower at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Pant boasts an exceptional record at his home ground, having amassed 1,264 runs at a brisk strike rate of 168.76.

Pant will give a much-needed boost in DC’s middle-order

Furthermore, Pant’s presence strengthens DC’s fragile middle-order, a weakness ruthlessly exposed against RCB. DC lost six of their wickets with only 90 runs on the board. In Pant’s absence, the middle order crumbled under pressure, with none of the batsmen able to build a substantial partnership.

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Pant’s aggressive batting style and ability to take on the spinners will provide much-needed stability and momentum to the DC lineup. An additional advantage Pant brings is his left-handedness. This poses a challenge to Lucknow’s spin attack, which features the leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi and the left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya.

Left-handed batsmen generally struggle less against left-arm spinners and can disrupt the rhythm of leg-spinners. Pant’s ability to handle spin effectively will be crucial against LSG’s bowling attack.

With everything at stake in their final match, Rishabh Pant’s return is a welcome boost for the Delhi Capitals. His batting prowess, leadership qualities, and ability to counter LSG’s spin attack could be the difference between a heartbreaking exit and a thrilling playoff berth for the Capitals.

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