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Ricky Ponting Optimistic As Rishabh Pant Nears IPL 2024 Comeback After Car Accident
By CricShots - Mar 11, 2024 11:45 am
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Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting recently shared insights into Rishabh Pant’s journey to recovery and potential return to competitive cricket after a harrowing car accident on December 30, 2022. The 26-year-old Indian cricketer had sustained injuries during the accident while travelling from Delhi to Roorkee to visit his parents.

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Rishabh Pant started practising for a full T20 game

Ricky Ponting, speaking on ICC Review, expressed optimism about Pant’s comeback, indicating that if the wicketkeeper-batsman is fit, he could resume the captaincy role for the upcoming tournament. However, Ponting acknowledged the need to make a significant decision based on Pant’s fitness status.

“It’s a big decision we’ll have to make because if he is fit, you’d think he’d step straight back into that captaincy role,” Ricky Ponting remarked. “If he’s not entirely fit and we have to use him in a slightly different role, then we’ve got some decisions to make there.”

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Providing updates on Rishabh Pant’s progress, Ricky Ponting shared encouraging news about the cricketer’s participation in practice matches over the past few weeks. Pant showcased commendable form in these games, proving that his fitness and skills are returning to their peak levels.

Expressing admiration for Pant’s dedication and hard work on his physical conditioning, Ricky Ponting stated, “I know he’s worked incredibly hard on his body and his fitness to get back to the level that he’s at now. He’s kept in one of those games, he’s fielded in these games and the batting hasn’t seemingly been an issue for him so far.”

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Rishabh Pant and Ricky Ponting

Reflecting on Pant’s absence from the previous season, Ponting emphasized the significant impact it had on the team. He expressed hope for Pant’s successful return to the field, acknowledging the global anticipation to witness the dynamic player showcasing his exuberance and contributing to Delhi’s success.

Ricky Ponting explained, “I’m very hopeful, not from a selfish point of view as the coach of the Delhi Capitals, but I want to see him back playing cricket again. I think the whole world wants to see him back playing cricket again and just playing with that youthful exuberance that he has.”

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Ricky Ponting also discussed Pant’s potential adjustment to the game after a 15-month hiatus, highlighting the cricketer’s natural talent and resilient mindset. He emphasized the importance of Pant maintaining his unique playing style, assuring that the practice games and training camp were instrumental in reestablishing his skills and mindset for a successful return to the sport.