Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant has been appointed the Delhi Capitals captain for the IPL 2021. The development comes in the wake of the Capitals’ regular captain Shreyas Iyer being ruled of the season after he dislocated his left shoulder during the ODI series against England.

Rishabh Pant appoints as Delhi Capitals Skipper

This is the first captaincy assignment for Pant in the IPL, who was bought by the Capitals before the 2016 IPL and then became the first player to be retained ahead of the 2018 mega auction.

On his new role, Pant in a statement had 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 harboured. 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. 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.”

At 23, Pant will become the fifth-youngest captain in the IPL after Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Suresh Raina, and Shreyas Iyer. While Virat Kohli and Steve Smith assumed leadership at 22, Raina and Iyer were 23 too but younger in terms of days than Pant.

IPL 2021 is scheduled to kick start from April 9, 2021. The opening match is scheduled to play between Mumbai Indians(MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) at Chennai.

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