Rishabh Pant is excited to commence his journey of captaincy with Delhi Capitals against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, April 10. Pant replaced Shreyas Iyer as DC captain after the latter suffered from a shoulder injury in a match against England.
The 23-year-old highly rated wicketkeeper-batsman cannot wait to start his stint as a leader in that match. “My first match as captain will be against Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well”, he said.
“I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Pant shared in a press release issued by Delhi Capitals.
The talismanic batsman has had a fair share of experiences in international cricket, improving his game with every match. His gutsy batting and wicket-keeping often draws comparsion with former captain Dhoni. He has revealed that he aims to create a space of his own under Dhoni’s advice and mentorship.
Pant, who has scored 2,079 runs in 68 IPL matches, said he would be working hard to give DC its maiden IPL title.
“…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. We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well,” he said.
“Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a Captain,” he added.
When asked about head coach Ricky Ponting, Pant shared, “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.”
Furthermore, he said “Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.”