Rishabh Pant is someone we look up to in the Caribbean, says DC’s Rovman Powell

Delhi Capitals batter Rovman Powell says captain Rishabh Pant has kept his word in giving the Jamaican a role he would like in the batting order at IPL 2022.

In the current tournament, Powell has been a lower order hitter for Delhi, hitting an astonishing six as he amassed 205 runs in eleven matches with an average of 25.63 and a high strike rate of 161.41.

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“Rishabh Pant is someone we look up to in the Caribbean because he’s a good player. Every time we play against him (in international cricket) we have meetings on how to reduce his cricketing prowess and shut him up. And after being acquired by Delhi Capitals, Rishabh told me that he was delighted to have me in the team and that he would give me a role that I would like. And he kept his word.” , said Powell in the sixth episode of The Delhi Capitals podcast.

Powell remarked that he felt at home with the Delhi side on his very first IPL outing. “Coming from the Caribbean, it was very important for me to come here and feel at home. And the Delhi Capitals have accepted me as part of their family and I feel at home here. Being comfortable in an environment can help you achieve your best performance. And I realized that everyone in the team is behind you, whether you’re having a good day or not, and that’s very important.”

Powell’s journey from Delhi on the Caribbean side to Mumbai went smoothly except for his luggage which was nowhere to be found. “When I landed in Mumbai, I was told the airline didn’t have any of my luggage. The only thing I had with me was my hand luggage when I left the airport. I didn’t have any extra clothes with me, so I spent 2-3 days in a towel in my hotel room.”

Powell further explained that he played cricket to lift his family out of poverty, a pact he made as a child. “I come from a small village (in Jamaica) where agriculture is the main income for the majority of families. But since I was a child, I have dreamed that I would lift my family out of poverty through cricket and education.”

Powell signed off revealing that if he hadn’t been a cricketer he would have been a soldier. “The cricket is going well, thanks to the grace of God. Before becoming a professional cricketer, I was going to be a soldier. If cricket hadn’t worked, I would have been a soldier.”

With five wins and six losses so far, Delhi will need to boost their chances of reaching the playoffs when they take on the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday at the DY Patil Sports Academy.

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