Rishabh Pant reflects how changes at Delhi Capitals: The wicket-keeper batsman oozed confidence on being asked about DC’s chances in IPL 2019.
There is no hiding to the fact that the 21-year old wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will play a senior role at Delhi Capitals in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
Having made his IPL debut in 2016, Pant has improved his numbers with every passing season. 684 runs in 14 matches at an average of 52.61 and a strike rate of 173.60 made him the second-highest run-scorer in the last season of the tournament.
“Focusing on winning the trophy”
Other than batting at the crucial No. 3 position in the 12th season of the IPL, Pant will also have to stand tall on his duties behind the wickets throughout the tournament. In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, the southpaw sounded confident on being asked about the changes which have been made to the franchise before IPL 2019.
“There have been quite a few changes. The support staff has changed, players have changed, the name has changed. I feel we can do something different this time. At the start of the season we are only focusing on how we can win the trophy,” Pant was quoted as saying.
In a bid to acquire the services of India opening batsman in limited-over formats Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals let go of three players to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Highlighting Dhawan and fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s presence, Pant said that the mix of youth and experience will help the team.
“Mix of youth and experience will help”
“The balance is quite good. Shikhi bhai [Shikhar Dhawan] is there, Ishant [Sharma] is there. We have got Colin Ingram. The mix of youth and experience will help,” Pant added.
Being recalled to India’s ODI squad for the home series against Australia, Pant would be looking to carry his form in the ODI format as well. While runs against Australia will press his case for a ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 berth, it will also make him enter IPL 2019 with confidence.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Pant below:
The selector said, “You are selected.” I said, “For what?” The first thing I did after the confirmation was hug him. Then I went to keep wicket, and what joy I kept wicket with that day. – Rishabh Pant on his test selection pic.twitter.com/XDNpDTfxtT
— Cricpidia (@cricpidia) February 19, 2019
— ayush tikariha (@iamayush24) February 18, 2019
I think dinesh kartik must be in best 15 for world cup team….
He is better than rishabh pant
— Shivam Singh (@ShivamS04593745) February 18, 2019
Shane Warne wants Rishabh Pant to open innings with Rohit Sharma; Sunil Gavaskar… https://t.co/yz4NueOaSP
— DAILY NEWSHUB (@ADITYAS43561366) February 15, 2019