In Pics: Gujarat Lost, But This Gesture Makes Them Real Winners

Gujarat players’ reaction to Rishabh Pant’s wicket was one great moment of the match.

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Suresh Raina ran across to console Rishant Pant after he fell on 97. (Photo: BCCI)

Multiple hundreds and a record-breaking triple hundred in the Ranji trophy, and an India debut - Rishabh Pant had accomplished a lot in the last year. No wonder then, when the IPL started, a lot of the focus in the depleted Delhi team was on this 21-year-old.

A few big scores here and there but the real Rishabh was yet to be spotted. That is, till Thursday night at the Ferozshah Kotla.

(Read: 208 Chased, Delhi Daredevils Blast Gujarat Lions Out of IPL 2017)

Karun Nair back in the hut within 2 overs and a mammoth 209-run target set by Gujarat and Pant decided this was to be his day. With Sanju Samson for company, Rishabh cruised to a half-century.

Rishabh Pant celebrates his half-century against Gujarat Lions. (Photo: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant celebrates his half-century against Gujarat Lions. (Photo: BCCI)

Batting on 97, looking set to make his career’s first T20 century, Rishabh went for a big one.

Instead he nicked the ball to Dinesh Karthik at the back.

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

Disbelief and disappointment could explain the youngster’s immediate reaction. 42 deliveries of smashing the bowlers around the park, but so close to 100 and he got this one wrong.

Pant did not move from the crease.

Enter Suresh Raina. While his Gujarat Lions’ teammates celebrated the breakthrough, Raina instead walked up to the youngster at the crease and patted him on his chest. A little consoling from one of India’s best T20 cricketers.

Pant had single-handedly ended Gujarat’s hopes of making the play-offs but Raina knew a great innings when he saw one.

Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson played really well. They are the future of the Indian team.
Suresh Raina at post match presentation
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

Raina’s gesture was followed by the bowler Basil Thampi, the bowler who had got Pant out.

How often do you see that?

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

35 runs later, Delhi crossed the finish line with Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson at the crease but Pant too ensured he kept the sportsman’s spirit alive.

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

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