IPL 2020: Rishabh Pant needs a week's rest, says Shreyas Iyer as DC miss wicketkeeper in loss to MI

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IPL 2020: Rishabh Pant is unlikely to be available for Delhi Capitals' next game as well as captain Shreyas Iyer said on Sunday that the young wicketkeeper-batsman would need a week's rest after he picked up an injury on Friday.

Rishabh Pant is likely to miss Delhi Capital's game against Rajasthan Royals on October 14 (Courtesy by BCCI)

Rishabh Pant is likely to miss Delhi Capital's game against Rajasthan Royals on October 14 (PTI Photo)

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Rishabh Pant picked up an injury on Friday and missed DC's match against MIPant unlikely to feature in DC's next match against the Royals on WednesdayIyer said DC have a lot of areas to improve after their 5-wicket loss to MI on Sunday

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer gave an update on Rishabh Pant's injury, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman will need a week's time of rest. Iyer's comments came after the Capitals lost to Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 clash on Sunday.

Shreyas Iyer's update effectively rules Rishabh Pant out of Delhi Capitals' match on Wednesday against the Royals in Dubai as they return to action after a two-day break. Following that game, Iyer's men will play on Saturday against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah.

Rishabh Pant was seen limping during Delhi Capitals' win over Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Friday. While Pant carried on despite showing signs of being in discomfort, he missed out for their big-ticket clash against defending champions Mumbai Indians.

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Delhi Capitals had to make 2 changes to get their combination right as Alex Carey came in for Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane replaced Shimron Hetmyer, who missed out despite playing a match-winning knock against the Royals.

When asked about Rishabh Pant's availability, Iyer said: "We have no idea. the doctor said he has to rest for a week and hope he comes back really strong after this break."

Delhi Capitals missed an opportunity to retain their top spot on the IPL 2020 points table as they let Mumbai Indians displace them. Iyer said DC were at least 15-20 runs of the total that they wanted to get and Marcus Stoinis' run-out made the difference.

Delhi Capitals posted 162 despite losing only 4 wickets and, in the end, it proved to be a relatively easy chase for Mumbai Indians who rode on fifties from Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock.

Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for Delhi Capitals but he took 52 balls for his 69 not-out. Stoinis had hit 13 from 8 balls before a mix-up with Dhawan saw him walking back to the hut. DC managed just 35 runs in the last 4 overs as they lacked the late acceleration.

"Definitely, I would say 10-15 short, 170-175 on the board would have looked completely different. We really missed out when Stoinis got out, he was hitting the ball really well and also seeing the ball like a football, that was the main error that we did and something that we really need to work on.

"Apart from that the effort we put on the field, we could definitely work on that as there were a few misfields and dropped catches as well. Overall they outplayed us in all the departments."

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