‘My captaincy is going great’: DC’s Rishabh Pant says Ricky Ponting’s presence helped him a lot at IPL 2021

  • After three wins in the first four games, the Delhi Capitals led by Rishabh Pant are currently second in the points table.

UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 12:53 PM IST

Delhi Capitals finalists of the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL) are set to start in IPL 2021. After three wins in four matches, the team led by Rishabh Pant is currently second in the points table. Their latest scalp was defending champions Mumbai Indians, who suffered a loss against their old rivals for the first time in six games.

Speaking after the game, Pant said the presence of Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting and other seniors helped him greatly in leading the side. In addition, his wicket keeping has also improved. “I think, yes, as a wicket keeper I continue to read the game and it helps me a lot. With older people around and Ricky Ponting in our control, I think my captaincy is going great , ”said Rishabh, a virtual press conference.

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Speaking about the challenges of traveling during such unprecedented times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pant added: “I think it’s a bit challenging because of Covid. But as a team, we don’t focus on things outside. BCCI done really well. to give us a good bubble and something to travel. We’re more focused on cricket. “

It was a good miss throw for Delhi outfit as they managed to limit MI to just 137/9 in 20 overs. Veteran spinner Amit Mishra returned with outstanding figures of 4 for 24 in four overs. Apart from Rohit Sharma, who scored 44, no MI batsman could take it seriously. The middle order of MI consisting of Hardik (0) and Krunal Pandya (1), Ishan Kishan, (26) and Kieron Pollard (2) again failed to have any effect.

In response, DC continued to lose wickets on a regular basis and only Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Steve Smith (33) managed to register scores of more than 30. In the end, Lalit Yadav helped 22 and 9-ball 14 crucial Shimron Hetmeyer DC over the line with five balls to spare.

DC will face the next 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, April 25, while five-time champions Mumbai lock horns with Punjab Kings on March 23.