Ricky Ponting Warns Punjab Kings over Rishabh Pant; Bats Wildly at Nets

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant(Image: BCCI)

The Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed that Rishabh Pant has been batting a long time in nets and was forcefully dragged out a few times which indicates his fitness and ready for the clash against Punjab on IPL 2024 schedule.

Ricky Ponting Warns Punjab Kings over Rishabh Pant

DC Head Coach Ricky Ponting is confident on Rishabh Pant to do something special in their opening match against Punjab Kings. Pant will be returning to cricket action on Saturday as Delhi Capitals captain at Mohali. Pant met with a car accident and suffered several injuries on December 22 and has been out of action since then.

However, he made a remarkable recovery during his rehab process and has been regularly updating his fitness conditions on Social media.

Ahead of the second IPL match, Ricky Ponting has revealed that Pant was forcefully dragged out of nets a few times which indicates his fitness.

“We had a week’s training in Vizag before coming here and trust me Rishabh is back and ready to play. He is batting and moving behind the stumps beautifully. Sometimes he bats too much and I have to drag him out of nets,” Ponting said on the eve of DC’s first match.

“I’ve seen where his game is at, and don’t be surprised if something special happens tomorrow. His attitude and smile and what he wants to do for the team is infectious. Everyone wants to be like Rishabh,” he added.

Pant also spoke about his recovery from the car accident saying, “Jittery, nervous, excited…all of it, but at the same time, just happy, being able to come back to professional cricket. I’m just looking forward to playing my first game tomorrow.”

“Every time I take the field, it’s a different feeling altogether. I think, as a batter, as long as I can bat. It is better because the more I bat, I will be in a better position to execute shots, muscle memory is intact even though I haven’t played for nearly a year and a half,” said Rishabh Pant.

“But I have been playing since childhood, so it doesn’t go away that easily. So, the more I practice, the better chance I will give myself as a cricketer,” he added.

Coming to the tournament, Chennai Super Kings won the first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets.

With Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings are buckling up to play in the second match of the IPL 2024 campaign, we have updated the pitch report of the stadium and probable playing 11 of the match.

The second match will kickstart at 03:30 PM at Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium.