IPL 2021: ‘Extra responsibility of captaincy will sit well with Rishabh Pant’, reckons Ricky Ponting

Pant was named Delhi’s captain after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer got ruled out of IPL 2021 due to injury.

Ricky Ponting and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPLSharing his thoughts on Rishabh Pant’s appointment as Delhi Capitals’ (DC) captain for the IPL 2021, head coach Ricky Ponting on Monday (April 5) said that the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman will enjoy the extra responsibility of leading the side.

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Pant was handed Delhi’s captaincy after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury, which he sustained in the opening ODI against England last month.

"I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him. He's that sort of a person that likes the responsibility, wants to be the main man and wants to be the leader, so I am really excited to see how he goes.

"We'll help him through, but honestly, I don't think he's going to need much help at all," Ponting was quoted as saying in a media release.

The former Australian skipper added that it will be part of the coaching staff and the senior players' job to assist the newly-appointed captain.

"I think if we can get most of the talking with Rishabh about his captaincy done, leading into the first game then we don't have to worry about it as the tournament starts.

"The last thing you want is to be overloading the captain with all sorts of information once the tournament is underway," he said.

"It's a big part of my job, and other coaches and senior players' job to get behind Rishabh and help him where they need to. Not only during training, but during matches as well," Ponting added.

Rishabh Pant is having a great year in all forms of the game for India. The southpaw played match-winning knocks of 97 and 89* in the third and the fourth Test against Australia to help India clinch the Border Gavaskar Trophy Down Under.

He also played a key role in India’s 3-1 Test series win over England at home, scoring a dazzling century in the fourth Test at Ahmedabad.

Thanks to his brilliance in the longest format, Pant also made a comeback to the white-ball side and registered knocks of 77 and 78 in the two ODIs he featured in against England.

"I have known how talented Rishabh is since the moment I laid eyes on him. When he got back into the Test squad in Australia, I actually made a comment before a ball was bowled in the second Test match that this will be the unearthing of a 15-year Test player for India," Ponting said.

"I think he's on track for doing that. His cricket in the last six-seven months has been nothing short of breathtaking and outstanding."

Under Iyer’s captaincy, DC made it to the final last season and while he is unavailable this season, Ponting is still confident that the team can go all the way.

"I am thrilled with the players that we've got here, and I think we can win the IPL. Might as well go on record and say it now because that's what I am here for and that's what the players are here for.

"We've had our chat and it's all about winning and how we can go one step further from last year. But the other important thing for me is that we've got a very different group from the one we had last year," he said.

"What happened last year doesn't matter. We've got to work out a way to win enough games to qualify and then win the final."

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 06 Apr, 2021

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