Rishabh Pant is going to lead Delhi Capitals in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 as well. The left-handed batsman led the team during the first leg of Indian Premier League 2021 in the absence of regular skipper Shreyas Iyer. After suffering an elbow injury just ahead of IPL 2021, Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament.
However, since IPL 2021 was suspended in May, Iyer got enough time to recover from the elbow injury, for which he also underwent surgery. The right-handed batsman has led the franchise for more than 2 seasons. He was promoted as a skipper midway during IPL 2018 season and led the team in the next two seasons as well.
Rishabh Pant To Lead Delhi Capitals In UAE Leg
According to a report by Cricbuzz, Delhi Capitals’ two promoters Kiran Kumar Granthi and Parth Jindal have agreed to go ahead with Rishabh Pant as the skipper for the remainder of IPL 2021. The management does not want to take a risk with Shreyas Iyer, who has not played an international or competitive match since March 2021. However, an official announcement on the matter will be given by the franchise later.
Delhi Capitals squad moved to UAE a few weeks ago. Shreyas Iyer reached the venue one week earlier and underwent training with the team’s assistant coach Pravin Amre. He had mentioned that returning to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 is an amazing feeling.
“I am feeling on top of the world, to be honest. This was the thing I was eagerly waiting for. It’s never a bad feeling to be among the team. I came six days prior to the start of the practice sessions for the team, and I had two good games against the UAE team, so I just want to continue with the same momentum,” Iyer had said.
Under skipper Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals won 6 matches and lost 2 out of the 8 they played. Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Kolkata Knight Riders in addition to two victories against Punjab Kings. Their defeats arrived against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. With 12 points, Delhi Capitals hold the top spot in IPL 2021 points table.
DC skipper Rishabh Pant scored 213 runs in 8 matches at an average of 35.50. He also smacked 2 half-centuries in the tournament. For Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan is the highest run-getter with 380 runs in 8 innings. He is also the leading run-scorer in the tournament.
Avesh Khan, who boarded a flight to UAE today, has picked most wickets for Delhi Capitals. With 14 scalps in 8 games, Avesh Khan is also the 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021. Delhi Capitals will commence their journey in IPL 2021 UAE leg with the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 22.