Delhi Capitals (DC) have appointed Rishabh Pant as their skipper for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The decision followed the injury to regular skipper Shreyas Iyer during the recently concluded series between India and England. While Pant was the vice-captain last year for the franchise but captaincy is bound to be a new cup of tea for him and it would be exciting to watch the youngster lead the franchise.
There were various other candidates in the fray for the captaincy in Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. But it seems like their uncertainty in featuring in the playing XI prevented their appointment. If the southpaw takes to captaincy the way he has to cricket in 2021, DC could be in for a terrific season.
“Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role.“
“With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals,” Pant was quoted by India Today following his appointment.
“Rishabh Pant would be the best man for the job,” Shreyas Iyer
Iyer hailed Pant as the “best man for the job” as he wished his teammate luck for the upcoming season. Iyer was phenomenal both as a leader and with the bat in the last season as he led the side to their maiden IPL final. His unavailability will leave a huge void in the Capitals’ side.
“When I sustained the shoulder injury, and Delhi Capitals needed a leader for this edition of the IPL, I had no doubt that Rishabh would be the best man for the job. He has all my good wishes to make amazing things happen with our absolutely incredible team. I’m going to miss the team tremendously, and will be cheering for them throughout,” Iyer said in a release from DC.
Iyer will undergo surgery on his shoulder on April 8 and will need at least 5 months to recover. The injury has put a huge dent in his hopes to feature in the T20 World Cup at home.