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Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant disappointed the most in a DC shirt – Aakash Chopra

November 24, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Although DC failed to win their maiden IPL title, they finished the season on a high note. Finishing as the runners-up of IPL 2020, the DC side showed a lot of character and courage this season. This was the first time Delhi made it to the finals in IPL history. Some of their key players were Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, and captain Shreyas Iyer. Rabada was IPL 13’s highest wicket-taker, picking up 30 wickets this season. Being the highest wicket-taker, Rabada was eventually awarded the Purple Cap. Iyer and Stoinis consistently scored runs for the Capitals, spearheading the batting department.

Akash Chopra named Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw as the most disappointing players of the franchise. Pant managed to score 343 runs in 14 games, while Shaw scored only 228 runs in 13 games.

Consequently, it has affected their selection for the tour of Australia. Pant and Shaw have both been omitted from the ODI and T20I series. However, the selectors have given them a chance, keeping them in the test squad.

The reason Chopra feels these two disappointed was that the entire DC batting lineup expected Pant and Shaw to deliver for the team. Shaw would ideally provide DC a decent start. Pant would follow suit, smashing fours and sixes in the latter half of the innings. However, things didn’t go as per plan with the failure of both Shaw and Pant to play as required.

Aakash Chopra questions Shaw's attitude

Chopra was clearly not impressed with Shaw’s attitude this season. After getting off to a solid start, things started going downhill for the DC opener. Shaw hit two fifties in his first two matches. Prior to that, things started going awry for the DC player. Shaw gave up his wicket for free on several occasions, hitting careless shots. Even after Shaw got dismissed easily, he remained adamant. Chopra feels that such stubbornness could result in Shaw’s departure from the team.

As for Pant, Chopra felt that the wicketkeeper-batsman did not live up to his potential this season. It felt as if Pant did not want to give up his wicket, avoiding playing any risky shots. This led to his average performance this season. Pant got injured in the middle of the season. After he returned from injury, his bat did not do the talking. Chopra felt that Pant was confused regarding his role for the team.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth