Rishabh Pant

‘Delhi is where I grew up, to lead this team is a dream come true,’ says captain Rishabh Pant

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Rishabh Pant has been named the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the absence of Shreyas Iyer.

Pant has been going through a purple patch in her career ever since he has returned to the squad last year during the Australia tour. Be it Tests, T20Is or ODIs, he has batted in the same manner with his natural attacking style. And, now with the absence of Iyer, Pant will lead the Delhi team in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well.

And, Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting believed that Pant’s recent successes against Australia and England will give him the confidence to lead Delhi Capitals in the 2021 season of IPL.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the young Rishabh, who is coming off successful stints against Australia and England which will no doubt give him the confidence needed to take on a new role that comes with a lot more responsibility. The coaching group is excited to work with him, and we can’t wait for the season to get started,” said Ponting.

On his new responsibility, Rishabh Pant said, “Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team is a dream I’ve always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals.”

Rishabh Pant led Delhi Capitals will take on CSK on April 10

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to the final of IPL 2020, had sustained an injury in his left shoulder during the recently-concluded ODI series between India and England in Pune. He dislocated his shoulder in the first One Day International match that India won by 66 runs. Although India lost the second game, they successfully won the third match and clinched the series 2-1 as well.

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He has said he had expected Rishabh Pant to replace him. “When I sustained the shoulder injury, and Delhi Capitals needed a leader for this edition of the IPL, I had no doubt that Rishabh would be the best man for the job,” said Iyer.

DC Chairman & Co-owner Mr Kiran Kumar Grandhi said: “I would like to wish Shreyas a speedy recovery. Under Shreyas’ captaincy, our team reached newer heights, and he is going to be missed immensely. In his absence, the franchise has collectively picked Rishabh to lead the team this year. While it has come under unfortunate circumstances, it is a tremendous opportunity for him to grow further. I wish him all the best in his new role.”

“There is no doubt that Shreyas Iyer’s leadership and batting will be missed this year, and we hope to see him back on the field soon,” said team co-owner Mr Parth Jindal, “Delhi Capitals as a team plays a passionate and fearless brand of cricket, and Rishabh Pant embodies that best. The Delhi team has played an important role in his growth as a cricketer, just like he has played an equally important role in the growth of the Delhi team. I wish Rishabh and the team good luck.”

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