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Pant chills out with Dhoni and Raina ahead of DD vs CSK clash

India Today logo India Today 16-05-2018
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Chennai Super Kings are in the national capital to take on Delhi Daredevils in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

CSK have already qualified for the play-offs with eight wins from 12 games, while DD have missed the bus for knockouts after losing nine matches this season.

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With very little riding on the Friday clash, players from both teams were seen hanging out with each other at a five-star hotel in South Delhi.

In a photo posted on Instagram by DD wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, the 20-year-old could be seen hanging out with CSK skipper MS Dhoni and vice-captain Suresh Raina.

It must been a great learning for the young cricketer to spend some time with the seasoned cricketers. And Pant's excitement is pretty apparent by his caption: "When you have senior like these @mahi7781 @sureshraina3."

When you have senior like these ✌️😇@mahi7781 @sureshraina3 🤗🤗

A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on

Contrary to DD's fortunes, Pant is having a sensational IPL 2018 as he leads the list for highest run-getter this season. In 12 matches, the Delhi cricketer has scored 582 runs at an average of 52.90 and a strike rate of 179.62.

The highlight of his campaign has been the 128 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He now also holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian in the history of IPL.

Dhoni is also enjoying his time out in the middle this IPL. The Jharkhand cricketer is having his best season in the league with 413 runs from 12 matches so far. He's scoring the runs at an average of 103.25 and a strike rate of 162.59.

His astute leadership has also helped CSK to reach the play-offs yet again post the yellow brigade's comeback in the IPL after two years in exile.

On the other hand, one of the most consistent batsmen in IPL, Raina has had a mixed season so far.

While he has played few crucial innings, Raina hasn't really set the stage on fire in the 11th edition of the league. The second highest run-getter in IPL history has so far managed just 315 runs from 11 matches.

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(Video by ESPN Cricinfo)

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