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New Delhi11 hours agoAuthor: Kumar Ritvij

The Indian team lost the first T20 against South Africa. Despite aiming for 212 runs, India lost. With this, the dream of setting a world record by winning 13 consecutive T20 matches was also shattered. After this defeat, questions arise about the captaincy of Rishabh Pant. People on social media say that when Pandya is present, why was Pant made captain?

In such a situation, in today’s explainer, we try to find out who is the better captain between Pant and Pandya? Did BCCI make a mistake giving Pant the captaincy?

For this we have made an analysis on 3 factors…

1. Captaincy: Who is better between Pandya and Pant?

Hardik Pandya’s strategy worked as captain

  • Pandya, who is captaining the team for the first time in the IPL, had said during the launch of the team’s shirt that if the team is successful then the credit will go to the youngsters. If we do wrong, then all the responsibility will be mine. This statement instilled the captain’s confidence in the players.
  • Gujarat’s batting roster was weak. Hardik chose to strike first in most games, but there was a risk that Hardik, who did well down the order, would fail in the higher order. Playing on Hardik strengthened the team’s batting order. Players like David Miller and Rahul Tewatia come in as match finishers.
  • In the last league match, Hardik won the coin toss and opted to beat Bangalore despite the dew scare. GT lost hard by 8 wickets. Hardik clarified that if such a situation arose in the playoffs, what would we do, so strike first. Due to his decision, Hardik looked mature as a captain.

Rishabh Pant was a complete flop as captain

  • Delhi Capitals needed to win the game against Mumbai in any case to qualify for the IPL 2022 qualifiers. In the 12th, Rishabh Pant dropped a single hold by Dewald Brevis. In the 15th, Tim David was out for zero against Shardul Thakur, but Rishabh Pant, who caught behind the wicket, didn’t take the DRS. Playing at a 309 strike rate, Tim David scored 34 points on 11 balls and Dewald Brevis scored 37 points on 33 balls. Captain Pant’s mistake in the pressure match weighed heavily on the team. Defending with a goal of 160 runs, Delhi was knocked out of the tournament after losing the match by 5 wickets. Mumbai Indians were the weakest team in the season, playing 14 games and winning only 4 games. Even ahead of Mumbai, Delhi could not register victory in the last league game.
  • Pant did not open despite the poor performance of Prithvi Shaw and Srikar Bharat as an opener. Bharat could only score 8 runs in 2 games and played 10 games with Shaw’s bat, scoring 283 runs with the help of 2 half centuries. Shaw was briefly hospitalized during the season due to deteriorating health. The pants didn’t open even then. As a result, Delhi could not win the 8 games needed to qualify for the playoffs.
  • Enrique Nortya, one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, was lucky enough to bowl in just 6 matches for the Delhi team led by Pant. The ousting of Nortya retained before the mega-auction for not playing in a few games made the team’s fast bowling formation look weak.

2. Performance: Who is better between Pandya and Pant?

Pant couldn’t turn the tide of games with his game
Aside from captaining, Rishabh couldn’t leave any impact with the bat in this IPL season. Pant, who made his IPL debut in 2016, couldn’t score a single fifty in this league for the first time. His poor performance affected the Delhi Capitals’ batting lineup. Pant didn’t keep his promises on big occasions.

Delhi Capitals got a target of 208 runs to win against Chennai Super Kings. Pant got off to a better start and hit 21 carries on 11 balls. With a casual approach to Moeen Ali’s short break, Rishabh went to cut it off with the back foot and the ball hit the wicket while hitting the bottom of the bat. His wicket proved to be a game changer and Delhi lost the match by a whopping 91-run margin.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant looked very disappointed after losing the latest league game to Mumbai Indians.  Under his captaincy, the team failed to win the IPL title for the second consecutive year.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant looked very disappointed after losing the latest league game to Mumbai Indians. Under his captaincy, the team failed to win the IPL title for the second consecutive year.

The Delhi team was playing a do or die game against Mumbai Indians. Losing was necessarily out of the tournament. Fly-half Prithvi Shaw and David Warner were flops in this game. Rishabh could only manage 38 runs on 33 balls at a strike rate of 118. Although Pant was on the crease until the 16th in the game, the team couldn’t build momentum. When it was time to beat fast, Rishabh returned to the pavilion.

Hardik has won many games for the team with his game
Hardik has completely changed his role as a player. Hardik, who did not take part in the 2021 T20 World Cup, was seen bowling on the power play in the first-ever IPL game. Hardik has proven to be Gujarat Titans’ major asset as the perfect all-rounder.

In the 21st game of the season, against Sunrisers Hyderabad at number four, Hardik could only score 50* from 42 balls. The speed at which he was expected to play could not be fulfilled. The target of 163 was achieved by SRH losing 2 wickets. Hardik’s slow batting was blamed for the loss. Hardik stood by his decision. In the next game, Hardik again came to bat at number 4 against the Rajasthan Royals and scored an unbeaten 87 on 52 balls at a strike rate of 167 to hand the victory to the team. His self-confidence has benefited Gujarat throughout the season.

Hardik Pandya cleared T20 specialist Tim Seifert on the first ball of Powerplay’s second over against Delhi Capitals. This major setback changed the course of the chase. In the match, Hardik gave up just 22 runs in 4 overs with a 5.5 save. His bowling speed was about 145 km/h.

3. Behavior: Who is more positive between Pant and Pandya?
On a shot during Hardik’s bowling against SRH, Mohammed Shami thought it was better to stop the boundary rather than proceed with the catch. Hardik was seen yelling “what are you doing on this”. His behavior with the senior Team India bowler has been criticized.

After that, Hardik made a big change in himself. On May 13, the statement from Mohammed Shami himself came that Hardik took my advice. In fact Shami had told Hardik to control the emotions on the pitch because the eyes of the whole world are on you. Hardik, as captain, took advice from other players and continually improved his behavior.

At the same time, there were a lot of condemnations in the cricketing world for Pant’s behavior during the match between Delhi and Rajasthan Royals. In this game, Delhi Capitals needed 36 runs on 6 balls to win against Rajasthan Royals. Rovman Powell hit 3 sixes in the first 3 balls. The fourth ball was visible above the waist with a ball without height. However, the referee gave no ball no.

Rishabh Pant was heavily criticized for calling off his batsmen in the middle of a game.  For this, he was fined 100% of the match fee.

Rishabh Pant was heavily criticized for calling off his batsmen in the middle of a game. For this, he was fined 100% of the match fee.

Pant grew furious at the decision and waved both of his batsmen back midway through the game. This behavior indicated that Pant is not yet ready for the responsibility of captain.

If Pandya had been the captain, would the story of the first T20 have been different?
Rishabh Pant, who was captain of the international match for the first time, made a lot of mistakes in the captaincy against South Africa, due to which the Indian team lost the match by 7 wickets despite a big goal of 212 points.

He got leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal just 2.1 overs. Chahal won the Purple Cap in this IPL by taking 27 wickets. If their quota of 4 overs had been fully used, the situation could have been different. Along with this, Pant kept changing the bowling continuously in the opener which did not benefit the team.

Rishabh Pant also hurt the team by taking bad DRS from David Miller who was key in Gujarat’s IPL victory. Despite having 211 points to defend on the board, Pant’s inability to use the bowlers properly was the main reason for Team India’s loss.

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