‘Jittery, nervous, excited’ – Rishabh Pant can’t wait to get cracking again | Cricket News


Rishabh Pant As he prepares for his first competitive game in nearly 15 months, he's experiencing a spectrum of emotions from nervousness to excitement. He will lead Delhi Capitals in the IPL opener against Punjab Kings on Saturday.
After enduring a lengthy rehabilitation process following a serious car accident in December 2022, Pant expressed his gratitude for returning to the cricket pitch.

Pant said, “Nervous, nervous, excited… all of it, but at the same time, happy to be back in professional cricket. I am looking forward to playing my first match tomorrow.” The team's first match of the season.

The accomplished wicketkeeper-batsman admits that he will need time to get back to his former form. He intends to take the process one day at a time, focusing on extended batting sessions at the DC nets.
“Every time I come out on the field, it's a completely different feeling. I just want to bat as much as I can and get better every day. I don't think too far ahead, I'm a I take one day at a time and score my 100.” %,'' he said while talking about Delhi Capitals' pre-season camp in Visakhapatnam.
Similar to his batting style, Pant aims to maintain a direct approach for his team.

He said, “Most of the conversations are pretty simple. We just want to go out there, have fun, not complicate things and give 100% in all games.”
Head coach Ricky Ponting is happy that his captain has returned to his rightful place.
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“We're about to start an IPL, it's really an exciting time of the year. It gets even more exciting when your captain is back in your team. He's our leader. He's the heartbeat of this franchise. And bringing him back would do a lot.” When asked about Pant's return, Ponting said, “Make this team stronger.”
Ponting believes that if there is a hint of nervousness in Pant's mind ahead of his opening match, it is a positive sign. He did not rule out the possibility of a remarkable performance from the left-handed batsman on his return.

“We had a week's training in Vizag before coming here and trust me Rishabh is back and ready to play. He will be a little nervous tomorrow, playing his first game in a while but nervousness is always good. Stay because it means something to you.
“I've seen the level his game is at and don't be surprised if something special happens tomorrow,” he said.
With the Arun Jaitley Stadium being used for WPL matches, DC held their pre-tournament camp in Visakhapatnam as Ponting aimed for a strong start.
“Make no mistake, we've got a great team this year. Our preparation has been perfect. We just want to top it today, and make sure we put in a performance that I know will win games.” Will be good enough for tomorrow,” Ponting said.
(With PTI inputs)

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