Indian former cricketer Mohammad Kaif feels captaincy will lead Rishabh Pant to another level. Owing to Shreyas Iyer’s injury Delhi Capitals appoints Rishabh Pant as their new skipper for the IPL 2021.
Kaif Praises Rishabh Pant
Many cricket lovers criticize this move from DC as the team have experienced players likes of Steve Smith, R Ashwin – who have the experience of handling captaincy in IPL.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
Rishabh Pant will be our Captain for #IPL2021 ✨@ShreyasIyer15 has been ruled out of the upcoming season following his injury in the #INDvENG series and @RishabhPant17 will lead the team in his absence 🧢#YehHaiNayiDilli
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 30, 2021
But many cricketers including Kaif feels that Pant will move to the next level in the cricket carrier with the pressure of captaincy.
“I remember the first time I saw Rishabh play. We had a middle practice, and he was hitting bowlers like Chris Morris, Nathan Coulter-Nile and lot of other bowlers everywhere and then I asked Rahul Dravid (then Delhi franchise mentor), “Who is this guy?” And now we all know who Rishabh Pant is and I actually said back then that he’s probably the best young player I have ever seen. We have seen what he does on a regular basis in the India shirt and also in the Delhi shirt. I am really happy for him and he will go from strength to strength,” said Billings.
Wishing a speedy recovery to @ShreyasIyer15 who captained us in our dream run to the IPL final. All the best to our dilli ka kadak launda, @RishabhPant17. I’m sure captaincy will take his game to yet another level.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 2, 2021
He is also excited about Delhi Capitals’ chances in the Indian Premier League this season. “It’s great to be back at the IPL. There are a great group of players and the DC camp has been very welcoming. I am very excited to be here,” he said in a Delhi Capitals release.
“I love the IPL. It’s one of the best competitions in the world and the buzz around the IPL is something that you can’t get anywhere else in the world, so I am just looking forward to playing in the tournament again. My game has improved a lot since I last played for Delhi. Hopefully, we can kick-on as a group and win the competition this year,” he said.
Notable for the first time in IPL history Delhi Capitals advanced to play the finals in IPL 2020 under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy. The IPL 2021 is scheduled to kick start from April 9, 2021 with the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai.