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Sourav Ganguly Praises Rishabh Pant’s Captaincy Amid Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2024 Campaign
By CricShots - May 15, 2024 3:40 pm
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The Delhi Capitals (DC) kept their flickering playoff hopes alive in the 2024 IPL season with a crucial win over the Lucknow Super Giants on Tuesday night. However, their qualification path remains challenging, requiring favourable results in other matches to secure a top-four finish.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

The return of regular captain Rishabh Pant after a lengthy injury absence has undoubtedly boosted the Delhi Capitals. Pant, recovering from a car accident, missed the entire first half of the season but has displayed remarkable resilience by leading the team throughout the remaining matches.

Sourav Ganguly, the Director of Cricket for DC, acknowledges Pant’s raw talent for leadership. “He’s an instinctual captain,” Ganguly said on JioCinema. “He makes decisions on the field, and with more experience, he’ll undoubtedly refine his skills.” Ganguly highlighted the challenges of returning from injury and leading a full season, expressing his satisfaction with Pant’s performance.

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While Pant’s return grabbed headlines, another player deserves recognition for his consistent contributions – Mukesh Kumar. The young right-arm pacer has emerged as DC’s bowling mainstay, picking up 17 wickets in just 10 matches. His impressive bowling average of 21.36 and an economical spell of 10.36 per over across the season showcases his effectiveness.

“Mukesh has been our best bowler this season,” Ganguly declared. He elaborated on Kumar’s versatility, praising his ability to deliver in crucial overs, both during the powerplay and the death. “His consistent performance in the slog overs has been vital in restricting opposition runs,” Sourav Ganguly added.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

The emergence of two young overseas players, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Tristan Stubbs, has been another positive takeaway for DC. While Fraser-McGurk provided explosive starts at the top of the order, Stubbs impressed with his ability to go ballistic in the death overs, consistently finishing innings on a high note.

“Both are very young, just 22 and 23 years old,” commented Sourav Ganguly on the impactful duo. “This was their first full IPL season, and they’ve shown tremendous improvement.” He acknowledged Stubbs’ skillful handling of spin bowling, a valuable asset considering the slow wickets encountered throughout the season.

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Despite the recent win, the road to the playoffs remains uncertain for the Delhi Capitals. Their fate rests not only on their own performance but also on the outcomes of other matches. Nevertheless, the team can take heart from Pant’s return to form, the emergence of young talent, and the consistent bowling of Mukesh Kumar. These factors, combined with a bit of luck, could still propel them into the coveted top four.