Delhi Daredevils (DD) wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had a wonderful Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 with the bat. Support from a couple of more players would have even pushed DD into the top 4 considering the way they turned out in the second half of the tournament.
Pant bagged the Emerging Player of the Tournament award for his notable batting. No surprise he was retained by Delhi before the IPL 2018 auction.
He returned the favor with 684 runs in 14 matches with an average of 52.61 with the best of 128*. This spellbinding knock by Pant was the highest score by an Indian in the history of the IPL.
Pant slammed his hundred off 56 balls and then finished off with an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls. He overtook Murali Vijay's 127 for Chennai Super Kings versus Rajasthan Royals in 2010.
The southpaw remained second highest scorer just 51 behind Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Kane Williamson who added 735 runs in 17 matches.
The 20-year-old expressed his pleasure on receiving the award of emerging player. "I enjoyed the whole tournament, but it didn't go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I've stopped my instincts from taking over," Pant said after receiving the award.
The Delhi cricketer finished the season with 37 sixes and 68 fours.