Mumbai: As the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is right around the corner, Delhi Capitals (DC) are gearing up to kickstart their campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. This year it will more crucial for DC as the franchise will be playing under the captaincy of their newly appointed skipper Rishabh Pant.
“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. We’ve been playing nicely as a team for last two three years and our preparations are going on well. Everyone looks in a 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,” said the 23-year-old.
Rishabh Pant was appointed captain for this season of IPL after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the upcoming season due to an injury. Pant has a huge task ahead of him of replicating last year’s success where Delhi Capitals reached the IPL final.
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.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman is really looking forward to start his captaincy stint. Delhi’s opening clash against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on April 11. He is hoping to utilise all the learnings he gained from the iconic former Indian skipper.
“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. I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” the 23-year-old signed off.