Ricky Ponting, the head coach of the Delhi Capitals, recently discussed Rishabh Pant’s upcoming participation in the Indian Premier League 2024. Pant, a talented wicketkeeper-batter, has been diligently undergoing extensive rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru following a life-threatening car accident on December 30, 2022. Ponting expressed his belief that Pant is brimming with confidence and is eager to participate in every game of the tournament. However, the coach remains uncertain about whether Pant should take on the responsibility of captaining the team or solely focus on his role as the keeper.
Ponting acknowledged Pant’s progress in rehabilitation and the possibility of him returning to competitive cricket and being fit for IPL 2024. He emphasized Pant’s confidence in his ability to play, but also expressed uncertainty about his wicketkeeping duties due to the proximity of the tournament’s start date.
Ponting highlighted the potential advantages of Pant participating in a substantial number of matches during the IPL 2024 season and expressed the team’s hope for his successful comeback. The IPL 2024 is expected to commence in the last week of March, and the Capitals are determined to deliver a superior performance following their disappointing ninth-place finish last season.