Rishabh Pant took to the field as captain for the first time in the T20 match against South Africa. However, Rishabh Pant had to face defeat in his first T20 match as a captain. Rishabh Pant was given the command of the T20 team after KL Rahul was out of the series. Even though Team India lost the match under Pant's captaincy. But veteran cricketer Graeme Smith praised his captaincy.

He said that he wants to see Pant lead the team, especially after seeing his captaincy in the last league match of IPL 2022. Rishabh Pant dropped a catch against Mumbai in the knockout match of Delhi Capitals and decided to review the catch against Tim David. In the end, that decision fell heavily on Delhi Capitals and Delhi's team was out of the tournament after losing the match.

Graeme Smith said- You lose and there is always criticism of the captain. He has to take a lot on himself. Pant took many difficult decisions in the knockout match after the last match of the Delhi Capitals. I was interested to see them.

Graeme Smith said after Team India lost the first T20 match against South Africa – When South Africa was under pressure, it went to Harshal Patel and Bhuvi. Overall he took a lot of right decisions. Whenever he looks back, he can say that I took the right decision at the right time. There will be some confidence in him after this evening.