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IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting Praises Rishabh Pant’s Improved Maturity, Says It’s Gone Through The Roof
By Aditya Pratap - Sep 21, 2021 10:18 pm
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Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting heaped praises on Rishabh Pant and feels his maturity level has gone through the roof in the last two years. Pant has been batting exceptionally well and has translated his form into international cricket as well.

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Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant will continue to lead Delhi Capitals despite regular skipper Shreyas Iyer being fit to play. Pant led the team during the first phase of the IPL 2021 when Iyer was out injured but the franchise has put weight behind the young wicketkeeper-batsman.

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Pant, now, received praises from the legendary Australian as well for his batting heroics of late.

“Rishabh’s level of maturity in the last couple of seasons has just gone through the roof. When I first joined the Delhi Capitals camp, Rishabh was just starting to burst onto the scene,” said Ponting ahead of DC’s game against SRH.

“I made a pretty big call during the Australian summer last year when Rishabh finally made his way back to the Test team that we are going to see the unearthing of someone that could be a star Test match player for India for a long time.

“And what he has done since then on the international stage has been nothing short of sensational and I could see that coming. He’s done a terrific job as Captain of Delhi Capitals so far as well,” added Ponting.

Meanwhile, Pant has mentioned he tries to keep the environment light in the team.

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“I have learned from Ricky that, as captain, I need to treat everyone equally in the team. If you respect each and everyone in the team, then the entire team gives everything they have for you and they also stand by you in every situation. I try and keep the environment light. Anyone in the team can discuss anything with me or Ricky. We have a good combination of youth and experience in our team,” said Pant.

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Rishabh Pant has been doing well in international cricket

Ponting said that he is confident of his team being successful against SRH. “The IPL is such an even tournament that anyone on any given day can beat any team. We’ve got great respect for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have got world-class players in David Warner, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan, who is probably their key player. They always try and keep the game really close and really tight. But having said that, we have prepared really well and have done everything we can for the game. I am pretty confident that our boys can get the job done tomorrow,” he said.

DC, currently sitting at the top of the points table, will lock horns against SRH on September 22 in Dubai.