Delhi Daredevils dasher Rishabh Pant was proving his immense potential in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League, and it was only time that the 20-year-old was acknowledged for his worth. The right-handed batsman was honoured with the IPL 2018 Emerging Player of the Season Award for his sensational batting performances throughout the two-month long cricketing carnival. Rishabh Pant was retained by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 8 crore ahead of the tournament and had become a star for both, the team and the crowds.
Here is why Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 campaign saw him bag IPL 2018 Emerging Player of the Season Award
Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 season was finished with the batsman sitting at the second position with staggering 684 runs from 14 matches at an average of 52.61, and Rishabh Pant DD was second only to Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson, who amassed 735 runs, also bagging the Orange Cap. An interesting fact or statistic to notice here, is that each of Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 run cost the Delhi Daredevils INR 1.16 lakh.
On receiving the IPL 2018 Emerging Player of the Season Award, Rishabh Pant expressed pleasure, but not without acknowledging that the season for Delhi Daredevils was only forgettable, as the team finished at the bottom of the IPL 2018 points table. As reported by India Today, Rishabh Pant said,
“I enjoyed the whole tournament; but it didn’t go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I’ve stopped my instincts from taking over.”
Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 campaign saw the cricketer smash one gritty century and five crucial fifties in the season, and was one of the very few factors that could have taken Delhi Daredevils closer to their maiden IPL glory. The Delhi side managed to win only 5 of their 14 matches, accumulating merely 10 points.
Earlier in the season, Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 campaign had also witnessed the Delhi cricketer becoming the first batsman to score more than 100 boundaries in this year’s edition, and currently holds the record for most boundaries scored in IPL 2018 (with 37 sixes and 68 fours) with even the Orange Cap holder Kane Williamson falling short of the young-gun in regard to boundaries.
Rishabh Pant DD also became the highest scoring Indian in the history of the league, when he slashed an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls against SRH earlier in the season. This knock also became the most runs scored by a wicket-keeper in any edition of the IPL so far. The second highest was by KKR batsman Robin Uthappa, who had tallied 660 runs in IPL 2014.
Kings XI Punjab opener KL Rahul scored 659 runs from 14 games this season while Jos Buttler and Dinesh Karthik have 548 and 510 runs for Rajasthan Royals (2018) and Mumbai Indians (2013) respectively.