Rishabh Pant, newly-appointed Delhi Capitals skipper will focus on the learnings he gained from former Indian skipper MS Dhoni to be at par with him during the team’s opening match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is really looking forward to playing against MS Dhoni’s CSK on Saturday.
Rishabh Pant Learnt A Lot From MS Dhoni
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.
MS Dhoni retired as the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy). MS Dhoni who continued to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL scored exactly 200 runs in 14 matches at a below-par average of 25 in IPL 2020. CSK finished 7th as the franchise couldn’t qualify for playoffs for 1st time.
“My first match as captain will be against Mahi (MS Dhoni). It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him,” said Pant in a video posted on Delhi Capitas’ Twitter handle.
“I have my own experience as a player as well. I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” he added.
Rishabh Pant will step in as skipper for the 14th edition of the tournament as regular skipper Shreyas Iyer hurt his left shoulder during the India-England ODI series.
The wicket-keeper batsman, who has scored 2,079 runs in 68 IPL matches, expressed that he is excited to lead the Delhi Capitals in the cash-rich league and is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.
“I would like to thank all the coaches and the owners for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to making most of this opportunity. We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year,” said Pant.
“We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well. Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 per cent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a captain,” he added.
When asked about the influence of head coach Ricky Ponting on the team, Pant said, “He (Ricky) has been so amazing for us in the last two-three years. He brings energy to the team and as a player when you see your coach and you’re thinking this is the man from whom you can learn a lot, then nothing is better than that. Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.”
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. Delhi Capitals will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.
Delhi Capitals Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith/ Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk) Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel/ Amit Mishra, Chris Woakes/ Kagiso Rabada/ Anrich Nortje, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
CSK Probable XI: Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali/ Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi/ Imran Tahir.