Delhi Capitals’ explosive batsman Shimron Hetmyer is ready not only for another upcoming IPL season, but also to play with and under his rival former captain Rishabh Pant.
Pant and Hetmyer were part of the 2016 Indian and West Indies Under-19 World Cup squad respectively. Under Hetmyer, the West Indies beat India by five wickets in the final to clinch the trophy and while Pant was not India captain (Ishan Kishan was captain), Hetmyer and the Indian wicket keeper emerged as the tournament’s top two young stick prospects.
Five years later, as the two have become an integral part of their national teams, Hetmyer, who joined DC before the previous season, is eager to start and play under Pant, and supports his captain to pass the captain’s test with brio. .
“Happy and sad at the same time because Shreyas is not there and I think it’s pretty good. I’m happy for him. [We] basically played him under 19 so I’m really happy for him. Playing with him, playing under him will be a good challenge. It’s a good challenge for him and I think he will do it very well, ”Hetmyer told Delhi Capitals TV.
Hetmyer, who is considered one of the next big things in West Indian cricket, hasn’t had much success in the IPL so far. In 17 matches, Hetmyer managed to score 275 points in just half a century.
Last year he played 12 games for DC, scoring 185 points in 12 games, and while those were slightly better than his numbers for RCB in 2019, the left-handed batsman would be better than that. With Hetmyer finally out of quarantine, the West Indian batsman is now soaking up the cricket atmosphere in India.
“It was great to be back today… after seven days, to be honest. When I got home, I was just sitting there a little. But being back in Delhi, India to be honest, it’s really good to be here. I’m really enjoying it so far and even the first day I appreciate it. I started enjoying it from day one really, so more to come, ”he says.
When DCTV asked him about his jokes with teammate Amit Mishra in the nets, Hetmyer said: “He was just trying to get me out but it wasn’t happening. I was not going out”; I wasn’t taking any of that. . I hit him all the time for six years, so it was nothing at all. No need to worry, ”Hetmyer said.
The Delhi Capitals play their first 2021 IPL game against the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.