Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant has learned how to trust the process and let the results follow from former legendary skipper MS Dhoni. Pant is a self-proclaimed fan of the 40-year-old CSK captain and hopes to emulate him in the years to come.
After Shreyas Iyer was injured in the build-up to the IPL 2021, Pant was appointed as the captain. It was a dubious decision considering his age but the move has worked out well for him so far, at least on the captaincy front. He is yet to fire in the league as a batsman but has led DC to the top of the table with six wins in eight games.
“Biggest learning [from Dhoni] is to focus on the process and results will follow. That’s one of the biggest mantras that I have been following for a while now and it helps,” Pant said to timesnownews.com.
“I have learned from Ricky that you have to treat everyone equally” – Rishabh Pant
He went on to praise former Aussie captain and current DC head coach, Ricky Ponting. Pant was advised to treat everyone in the team equally which would help gain respect and bring out the best in the team’s players.
“I have learned from Ricky that you have to treat everyone equally in the team. From junior players to senior players to coach, if you respect everyone in the team, it will be a good combination.”
“When you start respecting players and the support staff around you, special things happen. When you respect them, they are going to give whatever they have for you. That’s what you want as a skipper – for the team to stand for you each and every time,” he said.
The Delhi Capitals will face off against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their first match post the Covid break. They will be dependent on the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who have been providing quick starts on a consistent basis to the DC side.