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

Mar23,2024


India's newest cricket center in Mullanpur, Mohali is going to witness one of the most awaited comeback stories in cricket. Rishabh Pant15 months after the horrific car accident, he will take the field in a competitive match for the first time when Delhi Capitals take on hosts Punjab Kings on Saturday afternoon. The Maharaja Yadvendra Singh Stadium, built over 40 acres, could not have asked for a better venue for its first live match.
In the last four seasons, IPL has created a buzz about MS Dhoni's upcoming swansong. Pant, always touted as Dhoni's successor in Indian cricket, is likely to match this enthusiasm as he travels across the country over the next few months. If the story of his comeback goes according to the script, it will definitely have a heavy impact on the match.
While the BCCI has declared Pant fit for wicketkeeping, the Capitals management has considered giving him the freedom to play in the tournament by leaving him the burden of wicketkeeping. Whether Pant wears gloves or not, his mere presence is expected to cause a roar. For once, one can expect crowds to turn up on Saturday in Mohali, notorious for low turnout.

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Over the last half-decade, Delhi Capitals' brand has grown with Pant's development. He has been crucial in turning DC into a more consistent and dangerous team. The team suffered losses last season when he was not in action but now he is back as captain. Head coach Ricky Ponting couldn't be happier.

“I've seen the level his game is at, and don't be surprised if something special happens tomorrow. His attitude, smile and what he wants to do for the team is impressive. Ponting said on Friday, everyone wants to be like Rishabh.
“Make no mistake, we've got a great team this year.” It is natural that there will be a lot of nervousness about Saturday's game.

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“He'll be a little nervous tomorrow, playing his first game in a while, but nervousness is always good because it means something to you. Ponting said, “The day you are not nervous, you should not play cricket.”
Punjab Kings, who are perennial underachievers in the IPL, would do well to ride the Pant wave and take advantage of the uncertainty in the Capitals camp.
here's the thing. Both the captains – Pant and Shikhar Dhawan – have been happy people. If anyone will be completely unaffected by Pant's wave, it is Dhawan. Both take a 'seize the moment' approach.



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