The newly appointed skipper of Delhi Daredevils, Gautam Gambhir, reckons Rishabh Pant belongs in the top three of their batting lineup. Pant was retained by the Daredevils franchises earlier in the year ahead of the IPL Auctions.
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Pant has been found wanting lower down the order for in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy. The Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman struggled on his way to a run a ball 23 in the tournament opener against Sri Lanka.
It cost India an additional 15-20 runs at the death which might have been crucial in hindsight. After his promotion to the top of the order against Bangladesh, Pant lost his shape and inside-edged a delivery from Rubel by adding just 7.
“My personal opinion is that if Pant plays in the top three, he’ll give us maximum returns,” claims the skipper of Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming edition of IPL.
Gambhir has seen the rise of the young southpaw through close quarters in the Delhi domestic team. Pant hogged all the limelight last season with his blitzkrieg against Gujarat Lions.
The latest appointment from Daredevils franchise also had a few words for new coach Ricky Ponting. Gambhir tagged Ponting as a champion who has been part of World Cup winning squad thrice.
“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,” claimed GG.
With the Ponting-Gautam duo in their ranks, Daredevils might hope they achieve the desired results and also their maiden IPL title.
On Captaining Delhi Daredevils
“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,” ended Gautam Gambhir while talking to Sportskeeda.