Newly-appointed captain of the Delhi Capitals, Rishabh Pant is eager to take the field against MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings when both sides clash in their opening game on April 10th in Mumbai. The wicket-keeper is named the skipper of the Capitals for IPL 2021 in absence of Shreyas Iyer, who is ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained during the ODI series against England.
Speaking about the match against CSK, Rishabh Pant said that he has learned plenty of stuff from the former India skipper; the left-hander played with Dhoni during the early part of his international career. The 23-year-old reckons he will “try to do something different” against the 3-time champions using his learning from Dhoni his own.
“My first match as captain will be against Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well. I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Rishabh Pant said in a video posted on Delhi Capitals’ Twitter handle.
I will try my level best to get a title this year: Rishabh Pant
Since the Delhi franchise rebranded itself – from Daredevils to Capitals and a new logo – a couple of seasons ago, they have attained success, reaching its first-ever final last season, but were bested by the mighty Mumbai Indians in the final.
Rishabh Pant, who has smashed over 2000 IPL runs at a strike rate of 151.97, promises the fans that he and the team will give their best in order to win the title this season.
“I would like to thank all the coaches and the owners for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to making most of this opportunity. We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year.
“We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well. Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a captain,” the youngster added.