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Rishabh Pant Marks Comeback Milestone With Full Practice T20 Game Post-Injury
By CricShots - Feb 20, 2024 7:09 pm
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In a positive turn of events for Indian cricket enthusiasts, wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant marked a significant milestone on his road to recovery by playing his first complete game since the near-fatal car accident he endured in 2022. The spirited cricketer participated in a warm-up match in Alur near Bengaluru, showcasing his determination to return to full form. Pant, expected to lead the Delhi Capitals in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, demonstrated considerable progress in his rehabilitation.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant stated practicing for a full T20 game

Despite this encouraging development, it has been reported by Cricbuzz that Pant will be playing as a specialist batsman, foregoing the wicketkeeping duties, as his complete rehabilitation might not be finalized in time for the IPL. The decision reflects a cautious approach to ensure Pant’s well-being and readiness for the tournament.

 

Meanwhile, as the cricketing community eagerly awaits the IPL 2024, league chairman Arun Dhumal shared insights about the schedule and venue. The IPL is set to commence on March 22, and Dhumal assured that the entire tournament will take place in India. Notably, the schedule for the 17th edition has not been unveiled yet due to the impending general elections, anticipated to be held in April and May.

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Speaking to PTI, Dhumal clarified that initially, only the schedule for the first 15 days will be announced, with the remaining games’ roster to be decided after the announcement of the general election dates. The IPL has a history of adapting to unique circumstances, with instances like the 2009 edition being held overseas (South Africa) and the 2014 edition partially hosted in the UAE due to general elections.

In the context of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to begin shortly after the IPL’s conclusion, it is likely that the final will be held on May 26. The IPL opener will feature a clash between the winners of the previous year, the Chennai Super Kings, and the runners-up, Gujarat Titans.

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The anticipation for the IPL was heightened with the players’ auction for the 2024 season held in December of the previous year. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc made headlines by becoming the most expensive player in IPL history, securing a whopping Rs 24.75 crore bid from the Kolkata Knight Riders. The cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the commencement of this cricketing extravaganza that combines talent, competition, and high-octane entertainment.