IPL 2022: The match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals witnessed high drama and the final over of the game made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Delhi Capitals needed 36 runs to win off the final over against the Rajasthan Royals, but when Rovman Powell smashed two sixes off the first two balls, the Rishabh Pant-led side started to believe. On the third delivery of the over, Rajasthan pacer Obed McCoy bowled a full-toss and Rovman dispatched it for another six. However, the Delhi Capitals thought that it was a no-ball and the players started gesturing from the dugout. Soon after that Pant was seen gesticulating to the two batters come off the field.
It was then that assistant coach Shane Watson stepped in to speak to Rishabh Pant. However, after the conversation, Pant headed towards another assistant coach Pravin Amre and the former cricketer made his way to the pitch to talk to the on-field umpire Nitin Menon.
The pic of Watson speaking to Pant has now gone viral on social media.
“Watson said “go and do a Dhoni 2.0,” tweeted one fan.
“Thanks, Shane Watson, for rushing to Rishabh Pant and calming him down, He’s young and there is so much to learn. Hope he doesn’t repeat such thing ever again #IPL2022,” another used commented on Twitter.
Thanks Shane Watson for rushing to Rishabh Pant and calming him down, He’s young and there is so much to learn. Hope he doesn’t repeat such thing ever again #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/CAPsDQd2sG— All About Cricket (@allaboutcric_) April 22, 2022
Rajasthan Royals pacer Obed McCoy had bowled a full-toss on the third ball of the over and the Delhi Capitals camp thought it was a definite no-ball. Pant was also seen making gestures to the on-field officials Nitin Menon and Nikhil Patwardhan.
When Amre was talking to the umpire, Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler had walked towards the Delhi Capitals dugout and had a word with Rishabh Pant as well.
In the end, Obed McCoy was able to deliver the final three balls on a good spot and Delhi Capitals stumbled to a 15-run loss. Earlier, Jos Buttler had smashed his third ton of the ongoing season to help RR post 222/2 in 20 overs.