IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant Says Delhi Capitals is ‘Focusing’ on lifting the title

IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant Says Delhi Capitals is ‘Focusing’ on Lifting the Maiden Title

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Rishabh Pant eyes maiden trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

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The gloveman for Delhi Capitals, Rishabh Pant revealed the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise had set focus on lifting the coveted title in the IPL 2019. The twelfth edition will kick off on March 23 in Chennai when the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. The wicketkeeper-batsman Pant has vowed to perform under any of the circumstances.

Earlier, in 2018, Delhi has changed the name from Daredevils to Capitals owing to bring good luck.

The Delhi-based franchise is yet to lift the title after making it to the semi-finals in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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Rishabh Pant aims to deliver big in the IPL 12. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

In 2012, the franchise made it to the playoffs. The franchise has failed to leave any impact thereon. So much so, in the eleventh edition of the IPL, Capitals finished on the bottom of the table.

Despite ending on a bleak note, the 21-year-old Pant slammed unbeaten 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Also, he amassed 684 runs in 14 outings in the previous edition of the IPL.

In between the change of guard might have helped capitals to win a couple of games, but they couldn’t gell well as a unit.

For the forthcoming edition, Capitals has made a whole lot of changes. Shreyas Iyer will continue as a skipper, whereas, Ricky Ponting will continue as the chief coach.

“There have been quite a few changes. The support staff has changed, players have changed, the name has changed. I feel we can do something different this time. At the start of the season, we are only focusing on how we can win the trophy,” Pant told ESPNcricinfo.

Dhawan to strengthen the core:

Interestingly, southpaw Shikhar Dhawan has returned to the Capitals after ten seasons.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, IPL 2019
Shikhar Dhawan returns for the Capitals. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pant reiterated Capitals is in good stead, and the inclusion of Dhawan has boosted the morale of the team.

Moreover, he added the introduction of South Africa’s Colin Ingram would add the variety.  The blend of youth and experience has a lot on offer, this time around.

“The balance is quite good. Shikhi bhai (Shikhar Dhawan) is there, Ishant [Sharma] is there. We have got Colin Ingram. The mix of youth and experience will help,” Pant maintained.

Capitals will play their first game against Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma on March 24 at the iconic Wankhede in Mumbai.

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