Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin believes wicket batsman Rishabh Pant could be a favorite for the national team captain in the years to come. The Delhi Capitals on Tuesday named Pant the team captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The wicket-keeper batsman will step in as the skipper for the 14th edition of the tournament as regular skipper Shreyas Iyer injured his left shoulder during the recently concluded ODI India-England series.
Azharuddin, who has played 334 ODIs and 99 tests for India, said on Wednesday that he would not be surprised if the selectors see Pant as an option for the Indian captain in the near future.
“Rishabh Pant has had these fabulous few months, establishing himself in all formats. It won’t be a surprise if selectors see him as an Indian captain’s favorite in the near future. His attacking cricket will be a good place to go. “India. In times to come,” Azharuddin tweeted.
Rishabh Pant had these fabulous few months, winning in all formats. It won’t be a surprise if selectors see him as an Indian captain’s favorite in the near future, and his cricket attack will be a good place for India in times to come.@ RishabhPant17 @BCCI
– Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) March 31, 2021
Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting also believes the captain’s title will make Pant a better player. The former Australian skipper also said Pant deserved to lead the franchise given his recent performances. “@ RishabhPant17 is taking this opportunity. It is well deserved for his recent performances and he is coming with a lot of confidence. I have no doubts the captain will make him an even better player,” Ponting tweeted.
Of his new role, Pant said in a statement, “Delhi is where I grew up and where my IPL journey began six years ago. Leading this team someday is a dream I have. always nurtured. And today, as this dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team leaders, who deemed 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 to the Delhi capitals. “
The Delhi capitals will kick off their 2021 IPL campaign against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.