While the Country is head over heels with the on-going IPL saga, a 19 year old cricketer performed the last rights of his father only to make his way to the cricket pitch. Rishabh Pant, who is part of the Delhi Daredevils team is a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Delhi Daredevil's coach Paddy Upton, offered condolences to Rishabh's family and said,
Rishabh is joining us sometime in the evening. The whole team will rally around Rishabh and give him support. He is a young man. It is very, very difficult, particularly when this happens in the family.
Upton further added in a report by Sportskeeda,
(He’s a) young man. So, we're going to really need the whole team to rally around him to give him a lot of support not only over the next couple of days but throughout the IPL. Something like this is obviously going to affect him in the medium and long term. We just have to be mindful and supportive of his personal situation and family situation.
Pant who reportedly attended the practice session on friday may miss out on the opening match of DD owing to the minor injuries that he succumbed to, during rituals reports Cricbuzz.
The youngest player to represent India in a T20 tournament, this is Rishabh's first IPL season after his spectacular performance in the Ranji Trophy. He went onto scoring the fastest century too. Rishabh also replaced Gautam Gambhir as captain of the Delhi side for the Vijay Hazare trophy.
With this gesture, Rishabh joins the legacy of two superstars of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, who had a similar past. Kohli had overpowered grief only to play for the Ranji Trophy match held at Delhi soon after his father's death. Cricket legend, Tendulkar had too represented India in a World Cup match after paying homage to his father said an Indian Express report.
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