Rishabh Pant New Captain of Delhi capitals
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will captain the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 next season. Delhi issued a statement on Thursday declaring Pant as captain.
In the 14th season of the league, Pant will replace the injured Shreyas Ayyar. Air suffered a left shoulder injury during the India-England ODI series.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
Rishabh Pant will be our Captain for #IPL2021 ✨@ShreyasIyer15 has been ruled out of the upcoming season following his injury in the #INDvENG series and @RishabhPant17 will lead the team in his absence 🧢#YehHaiNayiDilli
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 30, 2021
“I wish Shreyas a speedy recovery. Under the captaincy of Shreyas, our team has reached a new height which we will miss very much. In his absence, the franchise has handed over the captaincy to Rishabh. Even if he has to make this decision in adverse circumstances, it will be an excellent opportunity for his development. I wish him the best of luck in his new responsibilities. ” Kiran Kumar Gandhi, chairman and co-owner of the Delhi team, said.
“Of course, Shreyas Ayer’s captaincy will be missed this season and we hope he will be back soon.” Partha Jindal, co-owner of the team, said. “Delhi Capital is a team that plays fearless cricket and Rishabh Pant is its backbone,” Jindal said.
Injured Shreyas Ayer has expressed his views on Pant’s captaincy: “When I suffered a shoulder injury, Delhi needed leadership for the next season. I have no doubt that Rishabh is the best choice for this responsibility. I wish him well. I will miss the team very much and I will give encouragement even from outside. ” Air has said.
After getting the new responsibility, Rishabh Pant said, “I grew up in Delhi where the IPL journey started six years ago. It was my dream to lead this team. Today my dream has come true for which I am grateful to the team management. I look forward to my best day. ”
Delhi coach Ricky Ponting said: “The last two seasons under Shreyas Ayyar have been excellent, as the results show. This is a great opportunity for young Rishabh. He has confidence after a string of successful performances against Australia and England and the new role will give him more responsibility. The training team is great for working with them. ”
Rishav Pant will make his debut as captain in the IPL this season. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has captained the Delhi state team in Indian domestic cricket.
Pant, who started captaining at the age of 23, is set to become the fifth young captain in IPL history. At a younger age, he was captained by Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Suresh Raina and Shreyas Ayyar. Smith and Kohli captained the team at the age of 22 and Raina and Ayre at the age of 23.
Pant has scored 2,079 runs in 68 games in the IPL. Pant had scored 684 runs in 14 games in the 2018 season. Although the team managed to reach the final last season, Pant’s performance was not excellent. He scored 342 runs in 14 innings at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 114.
After changing its name from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals in 2019, the team reached the playoffs in 2019 and reached the final last season.
IPL 2021 is starting on April 9. Delhi will start the league on April 10 against Chennai Super Kings.
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