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Won’t Be Surprised If Selectors See Rishabh Pant As A Front-Runner For Indian Captaincy In Near Future: Mohammed Azharuddin

Rishabh Pant Appointed As Delhi Capitals Captain For The Season

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin opined that wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is perhaps on the radar of the Indian group selectors as a future India captain after the Dehradun-born was given the Delhi Capitals captaincy for the IPL 2021 season.

The Delhi Capitals might be lacking their common captain Shreyas Iyer for the IPL 2021 after he dislocated his shoulder through the first ODI between India and England and might be out for 4-6 months after requiring surgical procedure to restore the harm.

Rishabh Pant, IPL 2021
Rishabh Pant for Delhi Capitals (Photo- Twitter)

Hence, after a lot intrigue, Delhi Capitals’ administration named Rishabh Pant because the captain of the group regardless of the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, and R Ashwin, all former captains of IPL franchises, current within the squad.

Rishabh Pant’s Attacking Cricket Will Stand India In Good Stead In Times To Come: Mohammed Azharuddin

Azharuddin, who performed 334 ODIs and 99 Tests for India, on Wednesday mentioned he received’t be stunned if selectors see Pant as an choice for Indian captaincy within the close to future. This would be the first time Rishabh Pant will captain any franchise within the match, having made his IPL debut for DC in IPL 2016.

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. Image-DNA

“Rishabh Pant has had such fabulous few months, establishing himself in all formats. It won’t come as a surprise if the selectors see him as a front-runner fr Indian captaincy in near future. His attacking cricket will stand India in good stead in times to come,” Azharuddin tweeted.

I Am Truly Grateful, Especially To Our Team Owners Who Found Me Capable To Lead Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant will develop into one of many youngest to captain a group in IPL when he leads the Delhi Capitals out of their first match of IPL 2021, in opposition to Chennai Super Kings to be performed on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals (Photo-DC Twitter)

“Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harbored. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role. With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals,” Pant mentioned in a video posted by DC on their Twitter.

Rishabh Pant has scored 2079 runs in 68 IPL matches with one century (128*) and 13 half-centuries with a strike-rate of 151.97. He has hit 103 sixes and 183 fours whereas taking 46 catches and making 11 stumpings behind the stumps.

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