Yuvraj Singh giving a post-match press conference (Photo: IPLT20.com)

The new-look Delhi Capitals defeated the Mumbai Indians by 36 runs courtesy of a fiery innings of 78 runs from 27 balls from Rishabh Pant. Yuvraj Singh also scored a half-century on his Mumbai Indians debut but it went in vain as Mumbai fell short of the massive target.

Experts have been touting Rishabh Pant as the perfect successor in Yuvraj Singh’s big hitting role for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

When asked whether Rishabh Pant should be selected for the upcoming World Cup, the World Cup winner said “I can’t say about selection but Rishabh was outstanding today. He had an outstanding season last year. He is playing well in Test matches as well. To score overseas at such an age shows his character. It is important we groom him well and hope he is the next big thing for us.”

Pant was delighted with his match-winning innings on Sunday and stressed on the fact that, he can bat in different positions according to the demand of the situation.

“When I came in, I had to up the ante and so took my chances. It came off tonight,” Pant said. “Especially in T20s, you have to do something different. Sometimes when bowlers cramp you for room, you got to make your own room.

“Always a great feeling when you score runs and the team wins. I always bat according to the situation all the time.”

Colin Ingram was impressed with the big hitting from the 21-year old and praised the raw talent and hard-work of the young wicket-keeper batsman. Ingram said “Last year I saw him play like this from my couch and he seemed in similar form. It’s a great sign for us if he’s in good form because he’s a match-winner on his day. Today we saw that in full flow. He’s a hell of a talent, just the way he practices – it’s awesome to watch.”

Yuvraj Singh also discussed his retirement plans after hitting a fantastic half-century. The 37-year old said “When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots. I spoke to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through such a time at 38-39. Talking to him makes things easier for me. In the last two years, I have been up and down. I started playing cricket because I enjoyed the game and then I was not playing for Indian. It was U-14, U-16, so till the time I enjoy, I will play.


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