Delhi Capitals’ (DC) wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who didn’t feature in Sunday’s game against Mumbai Indians (MI), has been advised by the doctor to rest for a week, informed skipper Shreyas Iyer after his team’s five-wicket defeat at the hands of the defending champions.
In Delhi's 46-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) last Friday (October 9), Pant was seen limping when he completed the catch to dismiss Varun Aaron off Kagiso Rabada's bowling.
"We have no idea (on Rishabh's availability), the doctor said he has to rest for a week and hope he comes back really strong," Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Opting to bat first, DC posted 162/4 in 20 overs and Iyer felt they were 10-15 runs short of the desired target.
"Definitely, I would say 10-15 short, 170-175 on the board would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got out, he was hitting the ball really well and also seeing the ball like a football, that was the main error that we did and something that we really need to work on," Iyer remarked.
The skipper also cautioned his troops against taking things lightly even as they are placed at the second position on the points table with 5 wins from 7 games.
"Apart from that the effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they outplayed us in all the departments. We need to work on our mindsets before the next game. I thought the spinners were bowling well as the ball was coming onto the bat, it wasn't stopping as it was in the first innings," Iyer said.
"If we could have squeezed in two more wickets after the powerplay we would have been on top. It is really important for us not to take any team lightly and be positive in our approach. There are still certain elements we have to work and we will use the break to work on that," he added.
Delhi Capitals will take on Rajasthan Royals in their next match in Dubai on October 14.