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Rishabh Pant opens up on his Delhi Capitals’ captaincy

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Delhi Capitals’ new captain Rishabh Pant hopeful of a great season in the IPL 2021.

After securing a six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the 14th Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant shared his views on his captaincy and how the coach Ricky Ponting has helped him.

Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra has restricted Mumbai Indians within 137/9 before the swashbuckling opener Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith steadied the ship with 45 and 33 respectively as Delhi Capitals won the game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Mishra had claimed four wickets to help Delhi Capitals win convincingly as well.

“I think, yes, as a wicketkeeper I keep on reading the game and it helps me a lot. With seniors around and Ricky Ponting in our management, I think my captaincy is going great,” said Rishabh Pant during a virtual press conference. “I think it’s slightly challenging because of Covid. But as a team, we are not focusing on outside things. BCCI has done really well to give us a good bubble and travelling thing. We are focusing more on cricket.”

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Ricky Ponting and Rishabh Pant

Delhi Capitals required 15 runs in the last two overs and Shimron Hetmyer and Lalit Yadav made sure that they didn’t face any other hiccups at the end. However, Jasprit Bumrah’s two no-balls in the penultimate over made the chase a lot easier for Delhi as well.

“As a player, you do not focus much on match-ups. Every day is a new day, I had to go for my shots because we were chasing, so you need to focus more on scenarios as compared to matchups. We were thinking to bat first also so I do not think Rohit’s decision to bat first was a bad one,” Rishabh Pant concluded.

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However, Mumbai Indians were about to post a mammoth total as they had scored 55 runs in the first six overs against Delhi Capitals but Amit Mishra damaged the batting order by dismissing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Ishan Kishan and sealed the deal for his side as well.

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