IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant might play in the top-order, hints Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir delighted to have Ricky Ponting in the Delhi Daredevils camp.

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Newly appointed Delhi Daredevils skipper –Gautam Gambhir called former Australian skipper –Ricky Ponting, Head Coach of DD side –a Winner and said it is beneficial for Delhi camp to have a winner in the camp. He also said that Ponting's well equipped help struggling players to get back in the groove.

According to a report in Sportskeeda, Gambhir said “He's a winner and has gone through all sort of situations, has won the World Cup thrice. Despite that, he has had his fair share of ups and downs, both as a player and as a captain. He has led Australia for a considerable amount of time and it's beneficial for everyone involved if a winner comes into your group.”

The opener further said, “He knows how to extract the best out of players as he has been through all of it. If a player's out of form, Ponting's well equipped to help him get back in the groove.”

The 36-year-old, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles, said that captaincy in the IPL is a challenging task. He further added, “Captaincy in the IPL is a challenge as you have a talented bunch of players. There are eight foreigners but we can only get in four, 16-17 Indian players but we can make only seven of them start. So it is paramount that the players get ample opportunity to showcase their skills. Because as a captain you don't want an insecure environment because it affects the players' performances. So the sooner we get the combination right, the better for us.”

He also suggested that young batting sensation Rishabh Pant might play in the top order for DD in the coming edition of the IPL, starting from 7 April in Mumbai. Gambhir signed off by saying, “My personal opinion is that if Pant plays in the top three, he'll give us maximum returns.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 10 Mar, 2018

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