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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals rein under Rishabh Pant

After thrilling England’s tour of India, the players are preparing for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The IPL season is back and now for almost two months, the cricket followers will be hooked to their screen. The players have joined their respective teams to the seasons. 

Since Shreyas Iyer’s exit from IPL 2021 due to his shoulder injury he sustained during the series against England recently, Rishabh Pant has been named captain of Delhi Capitals for the entire season of IPL 2021.

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,” Pant said in a statement by the franchise.

Shreyas Iyer said, “When I sustained the shoulder injury, and Delhi Capitals needed a leader for this edition of the IPL, I had no doubt that Rishabh would be the best man for the job. He has all my good wishes to make amazing things happen with our absolutely incredible team. I’m going to miss the team tremendously, and will be cheering for them throughout.”

Heartiest congratulations to @RishabhPant17 on being named the captain of @DelhiCapitals for this season. I am sure he will be a talismanic leader and will be donning this new cap with pride.🙌

— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 30, 2021

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting said, “The previous two seasons under Shreyas’ leadership have been incredible, and the results speak for themselves. This is a tremendous opportunity for young Rishabh, who is coming off successful stints against Australia and England which will no doubt give him the confidence needed to take on a new role that comes with a lot more responsibility. The coaching group is excited to work with him, and we can’t wait for the season to get started.”

The newly-appointed Captain was one of the top trends in India on the day of the announcements. Twitter flooded with wishes, memes and mixed reactions on the appointment of the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman’s debut as IPL captain.

It's @RishabhPant17 time going on. Let's see what skills has he got to lead @DelhiCapitals . I hope he is as impressive as his batting since the start of 2021. #IPL2021 #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/Z2fVjin3YP

— Yash Gautam (@evilhearted__o7) March 30, 2021

So Players like Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin will play under Rishabh Pant.
That's Beauty of IPL 🔥#IPL2021

— The Crick Tweets (@mrhvcji) March 30, 2021

Pant is ready to lead Delhi Capitals..
Fans and his teammates be like:) #IPL2021 #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/xTXzJ6iwfc

— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗵 𝗧𝗶𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗶 (@harsh__t) March 30, 2021

It will indeed be exciting to watch the young captain lead the brigade of stars player like Steve Smith, R.Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan this IPL season.

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