IPL 2020: Rishabh Pant has improved his game vastly, is a major asset for Delhi Capitals, says Brian Lara

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Brian Lara feels Rishabh Pant is an asset, saying DC wicketkeeper has worked heavily on his game square off the wicket rather than depending entirely on the leg-side.

 Brian Lara. (Courtesy by BCCI)

Rishabh Pant has vastly improved his batting style including his off-side play: Brian Lara. (Courtesy by BCCI)

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Rishabh Pant has the ability to score runs in all parts of the ground: Brian LaraRishabh Pant is a major asset, a worry for bowlers: Brian LaraRishabh Pant has played an important role in giving Delhi Capitals a perfect start

West Indies great Brian Lara has heaped rich praise on DC wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, saying the youngster has ‘vastly’ improved his game. Lara pointed out that Pant has also improved his off-side play, ability to score runs in all parts of the ground and is a great asset for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.

Notably, Rishabh Pant has played an important role in giving Delhi Capitals a perfect start with scores of 31, 37*, 28, 38, 37 in IPL 2020.

"I think he is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals, but today he has also vastly improved his game. I am talking about his batting and the improvements he made in that department," Brian Lara told Star Sports.

"On what is immediately noticeable is his propensity to try and get everything to the leg-side. Also, look at his run-scoring chart and that's quite a proof of that fascination he has with the on-side. I think he has come to the realization that this is not working and he went away and worked on improving his off-side play.

"Now look at the changes he made. Now he has the ability to score runs in all parts of the ground. His scoring charts are looking impressive, and yes, more worry for the bowlers.

"He is now very well balanced and he is looking to score in key areas that he is not accustomed to scoring over extra cover, over point, in front of the point and his balance and his weight is staying there, he is not falling over to the off-side to create shots on the leg side.

"That is a vast improvement that he has made, which obviously going to help his all-round batting. I believe, this young lad has a long-long way to go," Lara added.

Rishabh Pant has scored 1907 runs in 59 IPL games, including a ton and 11 half-centuries for Delhi Capitals.

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