Rishabh Pant appointed as captain for IPL 2021

Rishabh Pant, an Indian cricketer came into the limelight after his exploits for India under-19 in the 2016 World Cup. He lit up the tournament with the fastest half-century of 24-ball 75 against Nepal followed by a century against Namibia.
The left-handed-wicket-keeper batsman emerged as a star. After his performance against Nepal, he was taken in by the Delhi Daredevils in the auctions of IPL and soon proved his worth and acquired a permanent place in Delhi.

 

Now in 2021, he has been appointed as Captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which begins from April 2021. The regular captain, Shreyas Iyer was ruled of the season due to his shoulder injury during the ODI series against England which eventually led to Pant becoming Captain.

 

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.”

After being appointed, Pant will become the 5th youngest Captain of IPL at 23 years of age after Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Suresh Raina and Shreyas Iyer. 

"Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago," Pant said in a Capitals media release. "To lead this team one day is a dream I've always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled.”

 

The decision however to appoint Pant was taken collectively by the franchise co-owners Kiran Kumar Grandhi and Parth Jindal along with the Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting.

"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,” said Ricky Ponting.

Even though the Indian selectors wanted Pant to work on his fitness and did not include him in the squads for the Australia tour. Pant proved his worth by winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as India's best batsman, including setting up the historic win on the final day of the Brisbane Test.

Pant then dominated England both in the Test series as well as the white-ball segments, including the memorable reverse scoop against James Anderson in the Test series against England.

Pant has scored a total 2079 runs in 68 IPL matches over his years as a cricketer, all of them coming for the Delhi franchise. His best season was in the year 2018 when he made a total of 684 runs in 14 matches.

Pant took to twitter by sharing a video of him thanking coach Ricky Ponting and DC management after he was named captain for the Indian Premier League 2021 season. Watch the full video by clicking the following!

"Humbled at the opportunity to lead the franchise I've been part of for the past few years! Thank you @RickyPonting, the coaching staff, management, my teammates, and the fans for your faith in me.@DelhiCapitals: Let's do this! #IPL2021," Pant wrote on Twitter.

This will be Pant’s debut as IPL captain, a well-deserved opportunity indeed.