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Despite the match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders being a low-scoring affair, it had a nail-biting ending with Eoin Morgan’s side winning a ticket to the Indian Premier League 2021 final on the penultimate ball of the match.
The DC squad, that were perched at the second position in the points table for almost the majority of the second leg of this season, lost both their playoff matches and were therefore knocked out.
Understandably, the fans of the Delhi side were disappointed and heartbroken, especially because of not being able to win the title despite having two very successful seasons in a row. However, when they saw their 24-year old captain Rishabh Pant not being able to control his tears, they instantly got over the loss and got behind their skipper to support and lift his morale.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 13, 2021
After losing the match by just a single delivery, Rishabh Pant was being interviewed in the post-match presentation. With his eyes full of tears and words trembling, the southpaw was extremely candid and put his raw emotions in front of the world.
“Can’t change anything after the match. Always we kept on believing and stayed in the game for as long as possible. The bowlers pulled it back. They bowled really well through the middle overs. We were stuck, and unable to rotate the strike,” Pant said.
“Hopefully we can come back next year for a stronger season. We played really good cricket throughout the season. We stuck together, and cared for each other. Hopefully we will improve next year and come back strongly,” Pant concluded.
When former DC skipper Shreyas Iyer got taken out of the tournament with a nasty shoulder injury in the first leg of the tournament, and the team management decided to crown Pant as the next skipper, nobody had imagined that he would do such a phenomenal job leading the roster to the top of the points table during the regular season.
But watching the Roorke-born admiral his men across the field tactically and seeing his decisions get results, doubters converted into believers very quickly.
Here’s how the fans reacted to Pant getting emotional after the loss:
He really did a great job tho !!
Kudos to you boy https://t.co/5dnP3cOwMS
— Smritiiii (@Smritip99) October 14, 2021
— delhicapitalsfanclub (@pantiyerfc) October 13, 2021
— Shreya (@SShreya_19) October 13, 2021
— Rahul (@imRahul_918) October 13, 2021
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) October 13, 2021