“He is a quality captain,” Rohit Sharma backs Rishabh Pant’s captaincy

Surrounding the increasing judgement over Rishabh’s calls, MI captain Rohit Sharma has his take on Rishabh Pant.


In spite of setting a low target at the Wankhede Stadium against the 5-time champions MI on Saturday night, Delhi Capitals have dominated the game at the start of their second innings and had many chances to get the game in their hands. It was a crucial knockout game for the DC in order to reach the playoffs. Their loss has paved the way for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to move into the playoffs at a 4th position finish in the points table.

Rishabh Pant dropped a catch of Dewald Brevis during the run chase and later failed to take a call on the review of a caught behind Tim David, whose knock (34 off 11 balls ) helped MI to finish their last match in the season with a win.

However, the Mumbai Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, came to the rescue of Rishabh Pant. “He is a quality captain, there’s no doubt about it. In the past seasons, we have seen how he has led his team. Sometimes things don’t go your way. It is as simple as that.

” I have been through this kind of situation before and I was just telling him about the same thing. This kind of thing happens on the ground, sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. So, there is nothing wrong with it,” Rohit said.

Rohit further added that the pressure can get to anybody and somebody who is not as experienced as Pant will have problems during the initial stages.

” You can take a lot of learnings from all of this and try and keep things simple. He’s got a great mind, he reads the game well from behind. It’s a high-pressure tournament and those little fumbles can happen.

“But it is important not to lose confidence and not to start doubting yourself. That is something I spoke to him about. He’s a confident guy, he’ll come back strong next season,” Rohit mentioned.