The deputy skipper of the Chennai Super Kings, (CSK), Suresh Raina reckons that the young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant would be a talismanic leader for Delhi Capitals (DC) as he has been appointed as the captain of the franchise for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which is scheduled to commence on April 9.
Pant will be replacing Shreyas Iyer as the captain of the franchise after the shoulder injury forcing the latter to miss the 14th edition of the cash-rich league. Iyer had dislocated his left shoulder while fielding during the first ODI against England in Pune earlier this month.
Raina, who will be back in action for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), congratulated Pant on being named as the captain of Delhi Capitals. In his tweet regarding the same Suresh Raina wrote, “Heartiest congratulations to @RishabhPant17 on being named the captain of @DelhiCapitals for this season. I am sure he will be a talismanic leader and will be donning this new cap with pride.”
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 30, 2021
After becoming the skipper, Rishabh Pant said Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harbored. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role.”
He further added, “With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals,” Rishabh Pant said after being named the skipper.”
Losing Iyer will be a massive blow for DC, who reached their maiden IPL final under his captaincy in 2020. Delhi Capitals will open their IPL 2021 campaign against the MS Dhoni-led champions CSK at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 10.