IPL 2024, PBKS vs DC: Emotions run high as Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant returns 15 months after car accident | Cricket news

IPL 2024, PBKS vs DC: Emotions run high as Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant returns 15 months after car accident |  Cricket news

India’s newest cricket hub at Mullanpur in Mohali is about to witness one of the most anticipated comeback stories in cricket. Rishabh Pant, 15 months after a horrific car accident, will take the field for the first time in a competitive match when Delhi Capitals take on hosts Punjab Kings on Saturday afternoon. Built on 40 acres, the Maharaja Yadavendra Singh Stadium could not have expected a better event in its first live match.
The Indian Premier League, for the past four seasons, has generated buzz around MS Dhoni’s impending swansong. Pant, who is often touted as Dhoni’s successor in Indian cricket, is likely to enjoy the euphoria as he travels across the country over the next couple of months. His comeback story, if it goes according to script, will certainly cast a shadow over the match.
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While the BCCI declared Pant fit enough to keep wicket-keeping, the Capitals management toyed with the idea of ​​facilitating his entry into the tournament minus the burden of wicket-keeping. Whether Pant is wearing gloves or not, his mere presence is expected to generate a roar. For once, one can expect Mohali, notorious for its low voter turnout, to witness a raucous crowd on Saturday.

Over the past half decade, the Delhi Capitals brand has grown with the evolution of pant. He was pivotal in turning DC into a more consistent and threatening team. The team struggled when he was sidelined last season but he is now back as captain. Head coach Ricky Ponting couldn’t be happier.

“You have seen the level of his game, don’t be surprised if something special happens tomorrow. His attitude, his smile and what he wants to do for the team is infectious. Everyone wants to be like Rishabh,” Ponting said on Friday.
“Make no mistake, we have a great team this year.” Naturally, there will be a lot of tension in Saturday’s match.

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“He will be a bit nervous tomorrow, playing his first match in a while, but nerves are always good because it means something to you. The day you don’t get nervous is the day you don’t have to play cricket anymore,” Ponting said.
Punjab Kings, who are perennial underachievers in the IPL, would do well to ride Pant’s wave and exploit the semblance of uncertainty in the Capitals camp.
Here’s the need. Both captains – Pant and Shikhar Dhawan – were lucky. If anyone is going to be completely unfazed by Pant’s spell, it’s Dhawan. They both take the “enjoy the moment” approach.

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