Rishabh Pant's Dedication Impresses Delhi Capitals Coach and Director

Rishabh Pant’s Dedication Impresses Delhi Capitals Coach and Director

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has expressed his admiration for skipper Rishabh Pant’s dedication and determination as he prepares for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Pant, who suffered a horrific car accident in December 2022, has been working tirelessly to regain his confidence and physical abilities.

“He (Pant) has probably batted more in the last week than he has ever batted leading into most of the IPLs,” Ponting said. “I think from his point of view, he wants to get a bit of trust back in his body again.”

Ponting praised Pant’s positive attitude and infectious energy, which he believes will inspire his teammates. “He has been putting himself through a few different paces and playing all the shots that he plays. He has been great, and more importantly, he has got a smile on his face, which is what all we love to see,” Ponting added.

Delhi Capitals director of cricket Sourav Ganguly echoed Ponting’s sentiments, highlighting Pant’s unconventional style of batting and leadership. “He is not the conservative type of batter, so you expect that character in his captaincy,” Ganguly said. “Nobody comes as a ready-made captain. You learn as you go and I think captaincy is by instinct.”

Ganguly acknowledged the emotional challenges Pant has faced during his recovery. “I’m surprised with the improvements he has made. Hopefully, it’s a good season for him because he has gone through a lot emotionally. It’s never easy when you go through that sort of injury,” Ganguly said.

Delhi Capitals will kick off their IPL campaign against Punjab Kings on March 23. Pant’s return to the field is highly anticipated, as he is considered one of the most exciting and talented players in Indian cricket.