Delhi Capitals (DC) will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on April 10 and the team’s newly-appointed skipper Rishabh Pant can’t for the game.
Pant is hoping to apply the “learnings” he has received from the legendary MS Dhoni to beat his side in the IPL clash at the Wankhede Stadium.
"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," Pant was quoted as saying in a press release issued by Delhi Capitals.
Rishabh 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 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 the last two-three years and our preparations are going on well," the southpaw said.
"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," he further remarked.
Talking 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."
(With PTI inputs)