Delhi Capitals suffers a major setback as its star wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant cannot participate in any game for minimum of 7-10 days due to grade 1 hamstring strain which might prompt the team management to include Shimron Hetmyer in the playing XI squad.
DC has no backup for the Indian player and so Delhi capitals were forced to field Alex Carey & drop Hetmyer from the playing XI’s list. The power of two massive hitters was missing in the squad even as Dhawan scored an unbeaten 69 runs off 52 balls.
“DC had sent the scan reports to BCCI’s medical team as it is mandated by the BCCI for any centrally contracted Indian player. It shows that Pant has a Grade 1 tear,” an IPL source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Pant’s absence has hampered DC’s team balance to a great extent as they cannot afford to lose their two massive power hitters at this point when the tournament is reaching a crucial point. The only option left in Capitals squad is big hitter all-rounder Lalit Yadav with a strike rate of 136 plus in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy over 30 games.
While Carey still remains favorite to wore big gloves he has only hit six sixes in 30 T20Is for Australia which is roughly one six in every five games. Though Yadav doesn’t have any wicket-keeping experience at the first class level, he could be used for a couple of games which gives Delhi Capitals an option to play Hetmyer as Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Marcus Stoinis are automatic picks in the playing XI.