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Steve Smith in awe of young Rishabh Pant
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Steve Smith in awe of young Rishabh Pant

Young wicket-keeper batsman of India, Rishabh Pant, has set the Indian Premier League (IPL) on fire with his swashbuckling power hitting especially after the announcement of India’s World Cup squad in which he has not been included.

The 21-year-old recently smashed an unbeaten 78 off just 36 balls which helped the Delhi Capitals (DC) in chasing down a total of 192 in the final over. The left-hander’s brilliance did not go unnoticed by the opposition captain as well as he showered quite a lot of praise on him.

“They took our bowlers on in the powerplay and Shikhar played a magnificent knock. Pant is a young lad and he did a terrific job as well,” said Steve Smith.

Pant has been named as a backup player for the World Cup squad as the selectors preferred the experience of Dinesh Karthik over him.