New Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said that Rishabh Pant deserves to captain the franchise in the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the basis of his recent performances. Ponting’s remarks came after Pant was officially appointed as Delhi Capitals skipper on Tuesday.
The decision comes after DC captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury, which he had picked up during the India vs England 1st ODI in Pune.
“Unfortunate that Shreyas will miss the tournament, but looking forward to seeing @RishabhPant17 grab his opportunity,” tweeted Ponting.
“It’s well deserved for his recent performances and he’s coming in with a lot of confidence. I’m convinced captaincy will make him an even better player,” he added.
HERE IS HIS POST:
Unfortunate that Shreyas will miss the tournament, but looking forward to seeing @RishabhPant17 grab his opportunity. It's well deserved for his recent performances and he's coming in with a lot of confidence. I'm convinced captaincy will make him an even better player. https://t.co/tVqMnLt1Er
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) March 31, 2021
DC has appointed Rishabh as the captain of the side for the upcoming much-awaited season of the IPL. Recently, the wicketkeeper-batsman has been in eye-catching form and has put-on some match-winning performances during India’s series against Australia and England. However, out of all of them performances, the ones at Brisbane (fourth Test against Australia) and Ahmedabad (fourth Test against England) stand out from the rest.
The Delhi-franchise will be taking on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their opening match of IPL 2021 in Mumbai on April 10.
Speaking about his new role, Pant in a statement said, “Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role. With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals.”
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Meanwhile, DC coach Ricky Ponting said, “The previous two seasons under Shreyas’ leadership have been incredible, and the results speak for themselves. This is a tremendous opportunity for 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.”