With 12 factors in eight video games and a second spot within the IPL 2021 factors desk, Delhi Capitals have left the tag of underachievers they carried for lengthy as Delhi Daredevils. With loads of Indian and overseas gamers amongst their ranks, which included grooming of present Indian nationwide group gamers, Capitals seem like a aspect who need to do one higher than their runners-up medal final yr.
However, issues by no means come straightforward than mentioned and DC learnt that the arduous means with their captain Shreyas Iyer getting dominated out of the primary part of the season with harm considerations. The franchise, coached by Ricky Ponting, determined to point out destiny in a younger Rishabh Pant as their captain whereas overlooking senior names reminiscent of Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, R Ashwin amongst others.
And when the outcomes are there for everybody to see, it is self-explanatory as to why the capital outfit determined to hold on with Pant as their captain for the rest of the collection regardless of Iyer making a return for the second part of IPL.
Pant’s clout as an Indian cricketer has amplified since his historic knock towards Australia on the GABBA earlier this yr and has settled himself because the true successor of MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
And make no mistake, he did not take the duty of an IPL captain without any consideration because the 23-year-old since taking cost smashed two fifties and amassed 213 runs in eight video games at a mean of 35.50 whereas batting within the middle-order.
The efficiency is a stark distinction to his 2020 efficiency when he scored 343 runs in 14 video games whereas going previous 50 simply as soon as. He confronted the ire of the media and followers regularly for not bringing sufficient consistency in his recreation whereas a spot within the restricted format of the Indian group was out of the query.
Fast ahead a yr, Pant 2.0 is a person who would not look to hit each ball thrown at him and as a substitute adjusts his recreation as per the demand of the sport.
His decision-making as a pacesetter was additionally competent and did not hesitate to take recommendation from the riches of skilled seniors round him. A have a look at the wins of the franchise this season paints an extra spectacular image of him as a captain with one-sided victories towards defending champions Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings amongst others; all this grooming him completely to be a future chief of larger issues to come back.