After his catastrophic car crash in December 2022, India wicketkeeper batter and the regular skipper of the Delhi franchise Rishabh Pant made his first public appearance. In the Indian T20 League (ITL) 2023, Pant, who has been rehabilitating from his injuries, was spotted supporting his side during their opening home game.
During the team’s second game of the ITL, Pant arrived at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Delhi used two alternatives in their first two games after scrambling through their ranks to locate a dependable wicketkeeper-batter in Pant’s absence. In the second game, Abhishek Porel debuted, while Sarfaraz Khan was given his chance in the first.
Gujarat won the game against Delhi by 6 wickets
In an exclusive video obtained by India Today, Pant was seen driving an SUV towards the Arun Jaitley Stadium that hosted the ITL game. Pant manoeuvred towards the stadium’s seating area using support for his legs. He was welcomed by the crowd at the stadium while donning a white t-shirt and black sunglasses.
In the same game, a spectator brought out a hilarious banner targeting Urvashi Rautel, the Bollywood actress rumoured to have a love relationship with Rishabh Pant. The banner read, ‘Thank God, Urvashi isn’t here.’
Speaking of the game, Gujarat completed their second consecutive win in the ITL 2023. David Miller (32 off 16) and Sai Sudarshan, who scored 62 off 48, finished the job for the visitors. For the home team, Anrich Nortje remained the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in his four overs. This is Delhi’s second consecutive defeat and Gujarat’s second consecutive victory in the ITL 2023. Gujarat are now the table toppers with four points from two games.
Next in the Indian T20 League, Rajasthan will take on Punjab in the former’s temporary home ground in Guwahati. Both sides have won their campaign openers against Hyderabad and Kolkata, respectively. While Rajasthan came out convincing winners in Hyderabad’s home ground, Punjab had to resort to DLS to win their opening game.
Here’s how fans reacted to the hilarious banner:
But where she is now ?
— Rajesh Bhilala (@RajeshB20478169) April 5, 2023
Didi our urvashi me kya farak rehgaya? Didi ko bhi famous hona tha isliye ye placard ghar se leke ayi hai . 🤦🏻♂️
— 🤤 (@Shini_gami09) April 5, 2023
News nhi mili hogi ki pant bhai aa rhe hai match dekhne
— Azmatullah (@Azmatul51794319) April 5, 2023
— Anant Kashyap (@theanantkashyap) April 5, 2023
Urvashi Is In Your Mind
Urvashi Is In Your Heart
— Aakash (@irealAakash) April 5, 2023
btw those seats look so dirty and cheap for an international stadium. That too in the nation's capital
— Aditya Nair (@adi_fications) April 5, 2023
— Aman Agrawal (@IamAgrawalAman) April 5, 2023
Meanwhile pant : pic.twitter.com/ppHsDrT7LN
— Sanket Shah (@SanketS64861430) April 5, 2023