India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter and Delhi Capitals (DC) captain, Rishabh Pant, is all set to lead his Indian Premier League (IPL) team in the upcoming edition of the marquee T20 competition, according to the reports.
The 26-year-old has not been seen in action on the field since last December. Rishabh Pant was involved in a horrific car accident and he sustained multiple injuries. He underwent surgery and has been recovering very well ever since.
During this period, Rishabh Pant has missed some of the major competitions such as the Asia Cup 2023 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. He also missed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia and is likely to miss the five-match Test series against England in January-February-March 2024.
Rishabh Pant will make his competitive cricket comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 and DC management has confirmed that he will be leading the team.
Good News For India As Rishabh Pant Set To Make His Comeback
Rishabh Pant is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and will most likely regain fitness by the end of February, as per Cricbuzz.
Although Pant is set to return in the IPL 2024, there is a question mark over his ability to keep wickets due to the injuries he suffered on his knee, back, and ankles at the time of the accident. Pant will only take over the wicket-keeping duties if the BCCI permits him otherwise he will focus on batting and fielding.
Some reports suggested the DC will use him as an impact player during the IPL 2024, but if that happened he wouldn’t have been able to lead the team on the field. However, now a franchise official has confirmed that Pant will be on the field and will captain the team.
“If he is not keeping, he will definitely be on the field and will lead the side,” a franchise official stated, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
The return of Rishabh Pant will be a massive boost for the team as they had a poor run in the IPL 2023 under the leadership of the veteran Australian opener David Warner. DC only won 5 matches out of 14 and finished at the 9th spot on the 10-team points table.
Overall, Rishabh Pant has played 98 matches in the Indian Premier League and has scored 2838 runs at an average of 34.61 and a strike rate of 147.97, with 1 ton and 15 fifties.