Fans and players got the first site of Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant as he showed up at the Arun Jaitley Stadium to watch Delhi Capitals’ first home match. Pant was seen enjoying the company of Delhi Capitals owner Parth Jindal and a few BCCI members, including Secretary Jay Shah.
Earlier in Delhi Capitals’ opening match which they played against Lucknow Super Giants, the franchise in a brilliant gesture had hung Pant’s jersey number 17 in the team’s dugout. However, this gesture of DC hasn’t gone well with the BCCI officials.
The officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) think that these gestures are appropriate only in case of some serious tragedy or retirement. “It seemed a bit over the top. Such a gesture is reserved in case of ultimate tragedy or retirement. In this case, it was nether. Rishabh is well and truly on his way to recovery faster than one expected. So while it was done with a noble intention, it is learnt that BCCI has politely told the franchise to avoid such gesture in future,” an IPL source was quoted as saying by The Times Now.
Talking about the Delhi Capitals, the franchise is yet to open their account in the ongoing Indian premier League (IPL) 2023. While they lost their opening game to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on April 1 at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, they then lost their second game against defending champions Gujarat Titans on April 4 at home by six wickets. After two consecutive losses, DC stand at eighth place with -1.703 NRR.