Rishabh Pant and Khaleel Ahmed. Photo- IPL
Rishabh Pant and Khaleel Ahmed. Photo- IPL

Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed has said that he is confident that captain Rishabh Pant has what it takes to guide the team to the Indian Premier League title in IPL 2022. DC has started their IPL 15 campaign on a winning note, defeating five-time champions Mumbai Indians in their opening encounter.

The DC team has reached the Indian Premier League finals only once, under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer in the IPL 2020 edition that was played entirely in the UAE. In the IPL 2021, the DC team management named Rishabh Pant as captain after Iyer got injured ahead of the tournament and decided to continue with the keeper-batter as the captain despite Iyer returning to the fold for the second half.

Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed[photo: BCCI]
Pant was impressive in his IPL debut as captain for the Delhi Capitals as they topped the points table going into the playoffs, but failed to make it into the finals.

I Am Sure Rishabh Pant Will Lead Delhi To Their Maiden Title Win: Khaleel Ahmed

Khaleel Ahmed played for Sunrisers Hyderabad for four seasons before being picked by Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022 mega auction. He featured in 24 matches and bagged 32 wickets. His best IPL outing was the 2019 edition, in which he played 9 games and claimed 19 wickets. Khaleel, playing his first match in Delhi a Capitals jersey, returned figures of 2-27 in 4 overs against Mumbai Indians.

This was kind of a homecoming for Khaleel, who began his Indian Premier League career with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and now returns to the fold after four years. Talking to the Times of India in an interview, Khaleel was asked about DC’s chances of winning the IPL 2022 under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant.

Rishabh Pant fo DC. Photo- IPL
Rishabh Pant fo DC. Photo- IPL

He answered: “I am confident Delhi Capitals will win their maiden title this time. Rishabh is a talented captain and has been doing really well for Delhi. I am sure Rishabh will lead Delhi to their maiden title win.”

Khaleel would be eager to continue his good work for DC when the team faces off against newcomers Gujarat Titans in Pune on April 2 in the second match of the doubleheader.

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