Rishabh Pant Is The Sort Of Person Who Likes Responsibility, Says Ricky Ponting
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Rishabh Pant Is The Sort Of Person Who Likes Responsibility, Says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]
Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]

Ricky Ponting, Delhi Capitals coach believes keeper Rishabh Pant will thrive in the extra responsibility of leading Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this season. Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting is confident that new captain Rishabh Pant is going to take the team to greater heights in IPL 2021 as he thrives in extra responsibility.

Rishabh Pant will be leading Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer got ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. This will be the first time he will be leading a team in the IPL and Ricky Ponting is really excited to see what the young wicketkeeper does in IPL 2021.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting Had A Few Chats With Rishabh Pant Over The Last Few Days

Rishabh Pant has big shoes to fill in as Shreyas Iyer had taken DC to their maiden IPL final last year. DC qualified for the playoffs in the last two seasons under Shreyas Iyer and hence there will be a bit of pressure on Rishabh Pant to do the same this year.

Shreyas Iyer’s shoulder injury in an ODI against England will keep him out of the entire edition of the impending IPL 2021. Delhi Capital’s skipper Shreyas Iyer’s scan reports have shown a tear that may force him to go for surgery, which will effectively rule him out of the upcoming IPL 2021.

Shreyas Iyer, a veteran of 79 IPL matches has amassed exactly 2200 runs averaging 31.42. He led last season’s runner-up Delhi Capitals from the front scoring 519 runs from 17 appearances averaging 34.6.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during a match ©BCCI

But Ricky Ponting believes Rishabh Pant will thrive in the extra responsibility that he has been given by the team management.

“We’ve had a few chats over the last few days and we’ll have more of them in the next few weeks. I think if we can get most of the talking done with Rishabh about his captaincy leading into the first game, then we don’t have to worry about it as the tournament starts. So the last thing you want is to be overloading the captain with all sorts of information once the tournament is underway,” Ricky Ponting said.

Ricky Ponting: Senior Players Should Get Behind And Help Rishabh Pant As He Needs Support Once Match Starts

Ricky Ponting said he will be helping out Rishabh Pant with his captaincy but also urged the senior players in the side to assist the 23-year-old throughout the tournament.

“It’s a big part of my job, it’s a big part of the other coaches’ jobs but also the senior players, I think it’s a big part and a big role for them as well to get behind him and help him where they need to, not only at training but also, you know once the game starts he is going to need a little support.”

Rishabh Pant vs England in 2nd ODI(Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant vs England in 2nd ODI(Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

“But what I know about Rishabh, is that he understands the game really well, he is very strong in his own thoughts and opinions. I think that will hold him in great stead as far as captaincy is concerned.

“And the other reason we made him captain is, I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him. I think he is the sort of person that likes responsibility. He wants to be the main man, wants to be the leader. So I’m really excited to see how he is going to go with it,” Ricky Ponting said.

Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals will be opening their IPL 2021 campaign against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI (likely)

Prithvi Shaw
Shikhar Dhawan
Steve Smith
Rishabh Pant (c & wk)
Marcus Stoinis
Shimron Hetmyer
Axar Patel/ Amit Mishra
Chris Woakes/ Kagiso Rabada/ Anrich Nortje
Ravichandran Ashwin
Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma