The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided today that the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will be conducted in the UAE. This could mean a change in captaincy midway for the Delhi Capitals (DC) franchise as regular captain Shreyas Iyer who missed the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury is expected to be fit to take over from Rishabh Pant who was the stand-in captain.
Pant‘s DC was excellent in the first half of IPL 2021 as they ended on top of the table although they had played a game more than their challengers. The young wicket-keeper batsman showed excellent composure on a plethora of occasions to lead his side from the front. There were a few shaky moments and ones where his captaincy was questioned, especially in the sides’ two losses, but Pant proved that he was more than up for the task and that he would only improve with time. Further, a plethora of former cricketers have already marked him as captaincy material for the Indian national team in the future.
Shreyas Iyer likely to regain fitness by September
Shreyas Iyer got injured during India’s ODI series against England that took place before the IPL. He had to undergo surgery which meant that he was ruled out of the entirety of the IPL 2021 season. Subsequently, DC appointed Rishabh Pant as captain, preferring the youngster over the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith.
But with the IPL being suspended midway through the season and the remainder set to start only in September, it is ample time for Shreyas Iyer to regain fitness and be fit to play for DC. If that happens, reports from Sports Today state that he would not play under Pant but would take over the captaincy. Thus, Rishabh Pant’s tenure as the captain of DC might be over, at least for now.