Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting opines that Rishabh Pant is similar to Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, saying that the wicket-keeper batsman will always take his team over the line if he stays at the crease towards the end. Pant has been leading the franchise because the regular skipper Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury.
Impressed by Pant, Ponting said, “The biggest trick that we need to get right is Pant’s batting position in this IPL, you want to involve him as early as well. Pant is like Virat Kohli or Kane Williamson, if you know he is there at the end, you are going to win more matches.”
Ponting acknowledged the fact that though Pant needed some hard work on his wicket-keeping, he had the right qualities to become India’s first-choice gloveman for the next 10 to 12 years.
Talking to cricket.com.au, Ricky Ponting said, “There will always be question marks on his keeping, but he works hard on his keeping and his batting is just brilliant. But the way I saw him keeping on those turning wickets against England, he kept better than I thought he could. If his keeping continues to improve, he could be India’s wicketkeeper-batsman for the next 10-12 years. Brilliant bloke to have in your team loves to be in the contest.”
Pant has been in remarkable form off late as he gave match-winning performances for India in the series against Australia and England. The southpaw wicket-keeper batsman also scored a stunning century against England in the final Test match at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
In his first match as in-charge of Delhi Capitals, Pant guided Delhi Capitals to a winning start, beating MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Delhi Capitals will now be locking horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the same venue on Thursday.