Rishabh Pant smashed the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians in IPL history when he reached the milestone off just 18 balls. He walked in to bat at number 5 for Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday and took on a strong Mumbai attack only the way he could.
Pant’s unbeaten knock of 78 came in just 27 balls and was laced with 7 sixes and seven fours as Delhi scored 213 for 6 in 20 overs.
Earlier, the record for the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians was held by Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni. In 2012, Dhoni had scored a fifty off 20 balls against the Mumbai side.
Meanwhile, Pant’s innings against Mumbai will surely hold him in good stead for a World Cup birth. The Indian team still hasn’t sorted its middle order out and a couple of more such knocks from the Delhi lad could seal a spot for him in Virat Kohli’s team.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Just Wow from Pant !
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 24, 2019
Rishabh Pant is a serious player !!!
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) March 24, 2019
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 24, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2019
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) March 24, 2019
— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) March 24, 2019
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) March 24, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 24, 2019
Rishabh Pant is an incredible talent #DCvsMI
— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) March 24, 2019
Only one word for Rishabh Pant today. Wow. The sixes were exquisite but the boundary to get to 50 was simply special.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2019
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) March 24, 2019
I'll just be the first to say it:
– Rishab Pant and his one-handed sixes.
– Federer's backhand.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 24, 2019