‘He Looked Bit Rusty, Can’t Blame Him’, Rishabh Backs Mitchell Marsh

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2 min readApr 17, 2022

Despite Mitchell Marsh’s poor performance versus Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Rishabh Pant has voiced in favor of him (RCB). In his first IPL 2022 encounter, the Aussie all-rounder appeared far near his best as he struggled to get underway. He also failed to turn the strike, which increased the needed run rate dramatically.

Rishabh Backs Mitchell Marsh

Marsh, who had been recovering from an injury, was ultimately out on the last delivery of the 14th over after a 24-ball 14. Interestingly, DC tried to overcome the 190 mark at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. They certainly got off to a quick start, with openers David Warner & Prithvi Shaw scoring 50 runs in the first 5 overs. Marsh’s struggled in the middle overs, meanwhile, the scoring rate was out of the equation, and DC eventually lost by 16 runs.

We could have done better in the middle overs: Pant

While Pant conceded the right-handed hitter looked ‘rusty,’ he added criticizing Marsh would be unfair because he was having his season debut. The wicketkeeper-batter also claimed that the other DC hitters should have performed better in the middle overs.

“Warner batted beautifully and gave us every chance to win this match. We could’ve batted better in the middle overs. Can’t blame Marsh, it was his first match and looked a bit rusty, but we could have done better in the middle overs. The wicket got better and better as the innings went along,” said Pant.

However, DC’s biggest rival on the day has been RCB wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik, whose furious knock propelled RCB to a dangerous total. Walking in at number 7, the 36-year-old smashed 66 off 34 deliveries, giving the RCB much-needed momentum. “I think we could bowl according to our plans, but we were under the pump, the way DK batted in the later overs was commendable. One boundary length was shorter and every batter was targeting it,” said Pant on Karthik’s knock.

Furthermore, RCB are currently 3rd in the points table with 4 victories in six matches, whereas Delhi Capitals are 8th with 2 victories and 3 defeats. While, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will play the Lucknow Super Giants in Mumbai on Tuesday, whereas the Delhi Capitals will play the Punjab Kings in Pune on Wednesday.

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