Star Indian batsman Rishabh Pant will be leading Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer got ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. This will be the first time Pant will be leading a team in the marquee T20 league history.
Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee believes that Pant, who is the ‘future of Indian cricket’, can make the most of the leadership opportunity. Pant’s supreme form since the red-ball leg of the Australia tour through the entire home series against England has made fans look forward to his performance more than ever.
"Pant is the future of Indian cricket. I like him because he is cheeky without being too arrogant, he is funny without being not serious enough. He has the right blend to be a successful cricketer,” Lee said on the show titles T20 Crazy on SportsAdda.
“I like the fact that they've given Rishabh Pant the opportunity to captain. I like that they've given him a little extra responsibility with his captaincy and batting. He's got so much to bring to the team.”
Head coach Ricky Ponting is confident that the newly-appointed captain Pant is going to take Delhi Capitals to greater heights in IPL 2021 as he thrives in extra responsibility.
Pant has big shoes to fill in as Iyer had taken DC to their maiden IPL final last year. DC qualified for the playoffs in the last two seasons under Iyer which is why there will be a bit of pressure on Pant to do the same this year. But the coach believes Pant will thrive in the extra responsibility that he has been given by the team management.
"We've had a few chats over the last few days and we'll have more of them in the next few weeks. I think if we can get most of the talking done with Rishabh about his captaincy leading into the first game, then we don't have to worry about it as the tournament starts.
"So the last thing you want is to be overloading the captain with all sorts of information once the tournament in underway," Ponting told Delhi Capitals earlier this week.