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Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has provided an update on Rishabh Pant’s condition ahead of the IPL 2024 season, expressing uncertainty about Pant’s ability to captain the team for the entire tournament or to keep wicket due to his ongoing recovery from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Rishabh Pant’s Recovery and Confidence
Pant has been sidelined since his car accident in December 2022, which he described as a moment when he thought his “time in this world was over.” Despite the severity of the incident, Ponting revealed that Pant is “very confident” about his availability for the upcoming season. However, Ponting remains cautious about Pant’s role, stating, “In what capacity we’re not quite sure yet.”
Optimism and Realism
Ponting acknowledged Pant’s optimism, noting that the player is eager to play every game, keep wicket, and bat at No. 4. However, Ponting emphasized the need for caution, especially with the season just six weeks away. He described Pant as a “dynamic player” and highlighted his importance as the team’s captain, expressing the team’s eagerness to have him back on the field.
David Warner as Captain
Ponting confirmed that David Warner would assume the captaincy if Pant is unable to do so. He expressed satisfaction with the squad assembled after the December auction, highlighting the addition of Harry Brook and the presence of overseas batters like Warner and Mitch Marsh.
Challenges and Improvements
Ponting acknowledged the team’s underperformance in the last two seasons and identified batting as an area of improvement, particularly on their home ground at Arun Jaitley Stadium. He emphasized the need for better performances in spinning conditions and expressed confidence in the squad’s potential.
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