Rishabh Pant is all set to play his first game as a captain against Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni.
After the first game, the excitement was high as the Delhi Capitals (DC)-Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face-off at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. And, the newly appointed captain Rishabh Pant has revealed that he will use all his learnings from MS Dhoni against his team CSK as well.
“I have learned a lot from him (Dhoni), and I have gained a lot of experience from him. Hopefully, I can use this experience against him, and we can win this match. That’s what I am looking forward to,” added Pant.
On the other hand, Delhi Captains coach Ricky Ponting said that he has confidence in his squad, saying, “We expect to play better as a group and achieve some better results. We need to approach it with the right attitude and play well. Hopefully, win that game and move onto the second game. But we know that we’ll have to play well to win.”
“I have learned a lot from him” – Rishabh Pant on MS Dhoni
Finishing as runners-up last season in the UAE, Delhi Capitals will be hoping to win their maiden IPL title this year and former Australia captain said that he had full faith in his team to go furthering the tournament.
“The CSK have got a good squad of players and they’ve got lots of flexibility and a lot of options. But we’ve got a great squad as well and we want to build on last season. I have said to the boys that it’s not about last season, but there are a lot of positives that we can take from the way we have played in the last couple of seasons,” said Ponting.
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina, who missed the entire season of IPL 2020, has returned to the CSK squad and he could make a huge difference to the team as well in this edition of the IPL.
“They (CSK) have a great leader and a great squad. Last year, they were probably disappointed with the way their season worked out, but I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that Raina wasn’t there for the entire tournament. He comes back to the squad this year, which is almost like a new recruit for them,” he concluded.