IPL 2024 captaincy to Pant in T20 WC: All you need to know about Rishabh | IPL 2024 News - The IPL 2023

IPL 2024 captaincy to Pant in T20 WC: All you need to know about Rishabh | IPL 2024 News

Rishabh Pant. Photo: Sportzpics

BCCI secretary Jay Shah provided a major update on Rishabh Pant's fitness ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Jay Shah said that Pant would be declared fit soon as he has been batting and keeping well in the nets.

“He is batting well, he is keeping well. We will declare him fit very soon. If he can play in the T20 World Cup for us, that will be a big thing for us. He is a big asset for us,” the secretary told news agency PTI.

Jay Shah also put weight behind Pant's inclusion in T20 World Cup 2024.

“If he can keep, he can play the World Cup. Let's see how he does in the IPL,” said Shah.

Will Rishabh Pant lead Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024?

Pant, who has been seen now and then playing practice matches and doing fitness drills, be it at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru or Delhi Capitals' pre-season camps, might be seen in a different role altogether in IPL 2024.

Pant, who missed IPL 2023 after getting injured in a car accident in December 2022 has not recovered fully. IPL 2024 is being touted as his comeback tournament. However, he might not return to the field as a skipper of the DC side.

“If he is fit, you'd think he'd step straight back into that captaincy role. If he's not entirely fit and we have to use him in a slightly different role,” Ricky Ponting, chief coach of the Delhi Capitals said in an interview with ICC.

Here's why India needs Rishabh Pant as keeper in T20 World Cup 2024?

Since Rishabh Pant's absence from Team India, the management has been fielding different players for wicket-keeping roles. After Ishan Kishan, India have played Jitesh Sharma as wicket-keeper. With Ishan Kishan missing the central contract, it is expected that he won't be considered for selection for T20 World Cup 2024 unless he comes up with tremendous performance in IPL 2024. Still Ishan plays as an opener for his franchise Mumbai Indians and the management. would be looking for a keeper who plays down the order.

However, a fit and in-form Pant will be a great asset for Team India given he has the experience and expertise to bat lower down the order.

If Not Captain, What role will Pant play?

Since Pant has kept wickets in only one of the two practice matches and the DC management doesn't want to rush him into as a keeper after the kind of accident he went through, Pant might be played as an impact player.

Talking about how badly Pant was missed in the last season of the IPL, Ponting said, “We've had worries and concerns that he might not have made it in time to be ready for the IPL this year. I mean, he was a huge loss for us last year and what he went through.”

Everyone wants to see Pant back on field playing cricket

“I'm very hopeful, not from a selfish point of view as the coach of the Delhi Capitals, but I want to see him back playing cricket again. I think the whole world wants to see him back playing cricket again and just playing with That youthful exuberance that he has,” Ponting concluded.

Rishabh Pant Batting & Fielding Stats in Indian Premier League














Career 98 15 2838 128* 34.61 1918 147.97 1 15 260 129 64 18
2022 14 2 340 44 30.91 224 151.79 0 0 35 16 8 4
2021 16 4 419 58* 34.91 326 128.52 0 3 42 10 10 3
2020 14 3 343 56 31.18 301 113.95 0 1 31 9 13 0
2019 16 3 488 78* 37.53 300 162.66 0 3 37 27 18 6
2018 14 1 684 128* 52.61 394 173.6 1 5 68 37 4 2
2017 14 0 366 97 26.14 221 165.61 0 2 28 24 8 3
2016 10 2 198 69 24.75 152 130.26 0 1 19 6 3 0

First Published: Mar 11 2024 | 6:28 pm ist

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