New Delhi, May 13: Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman is one of the hottest T20 bowlers in the world right now which makes him the top contender for emerging player in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). (Match Scorecard)
The 20-year-old is clearly dominating the tournament at the Sunrisers Hyderabad with lively left-arm pace, deceptive slower balls, hostile yorker and cutters.
But the way Delhi Daredevils' young Rishabh Pant played him on Thursday night during the IPL match, made look Mustafizur's bowling pretty ordinary.
At a time when most dreaded of batsmen in the T20 format play the young Bangladesh rookie pacer cautiously and let go of him, the Delhi left-hander smashed Rahman all over the park in his unbeaten knock of 39 off 26 balls.
Pant aggregated 26 runs off the 13 balls he faced from Rahman, which included two sixes and as many four.
Even in the last over, DD needed 16 off 18 balls, when Rahman was handed the ball in the 18th over.
After Sanju Samson took a single off the first ball, Pant scored 12 runs off the next five balls.
Samson and Pant played sensibly and mixed caution with aggression to stitch an unbeaten 72 run stand for the fourth wicket that came off just 50 balls to ensure Delhi reach home without further hiccups.
It was because of Pant that the southpaw pacer went for 39 runs from his quota of 4 overs and went wicketless.
Following Pant's quick-fire innings, former India cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra called him a special player.
"Rishabh Pant is a special talent...just needs a little work on his wicketkeeping. Future prospect," tweeted Chopra.
Columnist Ayaz Memon too praised the sensible partnership between Samson and Pant.
Samson & Pant power Delhi to emphatic win over high flying Hyderabad. Along the way we may have had a glimpse into future of Indian cricket
Samson & Pant power Delhi to emphatic win over high flying Hyderabad. Along the way we may have had a glimpse into future of Indian cricket— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 12, 2016