Rishab Pant is nothing short of an icon. On Saturday, the youngster played one of the most brilliant cricketing innings I had ever witnessed. While the Delhi Daredevils still ended up losing the match, Rishab won the hearts of millions. The cricketer’s father died in his sleep earlier during the week. He rushed to his hometown to perform the last rites and within two days, got back on the field and delivered a spectacular performance.
Despite losing the match, Rishab was a winner in the hearts of millions and received tremendous praise on Twitter:
1. Well deserved.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 9, 2017
2. Facing such a tragedy at such a tender age. Much respect.
All of 19 years old… and going through so much… face tells a story. Rishabh Pant… RESPECT! #IPL
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) April 8, 2017
3. I completely agree.
Well done Rishabh Pant . You are a role model for many. @RishabPant777 . Your father somewhere in heaven will be so proud of you hero.
— Aasif Sheikh (@iaasifsheikh) April 8, 2017
4. A compliment of the highest order.
He's 20,been performing the last rites for his father & he's come to play a special innings for #DD. Rishabh Pant is going to be some player
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 8, 2017
5. Take a bow, Rishab.
Sorry for the loss of your father Rishab Panth still batted really well under pressure tough to deal mentally All credit to @RCBTweets
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 8, 2017
6. That’s true dedication to the game.
Lost his father jst 2 days before n playd incrdbly wel against strong bowling attack.thats dedication and passion
Hats off Man #Rishabhpant
— Shubham Borade (@Shubh1mm) April 9, 2017
7. Not an easy thing to do. Not at all.
8. Braveheart may just be an understatement.
My heart goes out to the valiant #RishabhPant ! Such a braveheart ! God bless you and sorry for your loss.
— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) April 8, 2017
9. A son has made his father extremely proud.
#Rishabhpant your daddy is watching over you . He will be proud of you . God bless you bachha !!
— Mikkail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) April 8, 2017
10. Apt prediction.
11. A true champion indeed.
The Way Rishabh Pant Displayed Character Was Fantastic! Almost Single Handedly Took The Game Away. you're A True Champion. @DelhiDaredevils
— Aarav Gupta (@AaravStrong) April 9, 2017
rishab pant could be nex dhoni ?
— muntazir (@400_bees) April 8, 2017
It’s not easy to accomplish what Rishab Pant has. Delivering an exemplary performance after enduring an unimaginable tragedy like the loss of a parent. Take a bow, Rishab Pant. You’ve made a permanent place for yourself in the hearts of millions.