Sunil Gavaskar is impressed with Rishabh Pant's captaincy in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Sunil Gavaskar is impressed with Rishabh Pant's captaincy in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Sunil Gavaskar praises Rishabh Pant for his impressive captaincy work in IPL 2021. Gavaskar said the Delhi Capitals captain showed a spark of what can turn into a roaring fire as far as captaincy is concerned.

Sunil Gavaskar says that Rishabh Pant was tactically good and he managed to combine it with his street-smart approach to impress on his debut as captain in the IPL. Pant was appointed as captain of Delhi Capitals after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of IPL 2021 with a shoulder injury.

Sunil Gavaskar Praises Rishabh Pant

Pant was in prime form with the bat for India since the start of the Australia tour and he was rewarded for the resurgence with Delhi captaincy.

Pant impressed right from the word go and helped Delhi finish on top of the IPL 2021 points table at the halfway mark before the tournament was suspended due to positive Covid-19 cases in bio-bubbles of multiple franchises.

Delhi Capitals appoints Rishabh Pant as their skipper for IPL 2021
Delhi Capitals appoints Rishabh Pant as their skipper for IPL 2021

“The standout team Delhi Capitals under young Rishabh Pant. By the sixth game, one could see that he was getting tired of being asked about being captain. Every presenter at the post-game ceremony had the same question to him. What he showed was a spark that can become a roaring fire if allowed to burn naturally. Yes, he will make mistakes; which captain doesn’t?” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.

“But like he showed in the few games in the IPL that he is clever enough to learn and his usual street-smart savvy meant he was on top of most situations and was finding his own method to get out of sticky ones. He is one for the future, no doubt about it. That’s because he has shown that talent can meet opportunity only when it walks hand in hand with temperament,” he added.

Pant made a decent contribution with the bat in the IPL 2021. He scored 213 runs in eight innings, averaging 35.50 and had a strike rate of 131.48.