Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant wants to be the leader: Ricky Ponting

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Rishabh Pant will lead Delhi Capitals in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League.

Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting, who has recently attended his first practice session with the squad on Sunday, said that the newly appointed captain Rishabh Pant understands the game very well. And, the extra responsibility will only him do well.

Delhi Capitals announced wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant as the captain of the team on March 30 for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which starts from April 9. The decision came after the regular captain Shreyas Iyer ruled out from the entire tournament due to a shoulder injury.

“I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him. He’s that sort of a person who likes the responsibility, wants to be the main man and wants to be the leader, so I am really excited to see how he goes. We’ll help him through, but honestly, I don’t think he’s going to need much help at all,” Ponting said in a recent statement.

The former Australian captain further added that it is the responsibility of the coaching staff and the senior players to support the new captain in any way they can so that he can do well.

“I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him” – Ricky Ponting on Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant MS Dhoni
Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni

He added: “I think if we can get most of the talking with Rishabh about his captaincy done leading into the first game then we don’t have to worry about it as the tournament starts. The last thing you want is to be overloading the captain with all sorts of information once the tournament is underway. It’s a big part of my job, and other coaches and senior players’ job to get behind Rishabh and help him where they need to. Not only during training, but during matches as well.”

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The 46-year-old further said that Pant’s performances in the last few months have been nothing short of breathtaking.

“I have known how talented Rishabh is since the moment I laid eyes on him. When he got back into the Test squad in Australia, I actually made a comment before a ball was bowled in the second Test match that this will be the unearthing of a 15-year Test player for India. I think he’s on track for doing that. His cricket in the last six-seven months has been nothing short of breathtaking and outstanding,” Ponting said.

However, the Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting said that he is very happy with the new squad and he is confident that they can go all the way this season as well.

“I am thrilled with the players that we’ve got here, and I think we can win the IPL. Might as well go on record and say it now because that’s what I am here for and that’s what the players are here for. We’ve had our chat and it’s all about winning and how we can go one step further from last year. But the other important thing for me is that we’ve got a very different group from the one we had last year. What happened last year doesn’t matter. We’ve got to work out a way to win enough games to qualify and then win the final,” he concluded.

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