As Delhi Capitals gear as much as open their Indian Premier League (IPL) marketing campaign towards Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, skipper Rishabh Pant is wanting ahead to leading the team for the first time and stated it is going to be “extra special to walk out for the toss with MS Dhoni”. “It will be extra special to walk out for the toss with MS Dhoni tomorrow. This will be the first time that I will be leading an IPL team and the first match is against Mahi bhai. I have learned a lot from him, and I have gained a lot of experience from him. Hopefully, I can use this experience against him, and we can win this match. That’s what I am looking forward to,” Pant stated in a press release.
Pant added that the Delhi Capitals squad, for the IPL 2021, has an incredible mixture of expertise and youth. “I have been talking to the senior players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane about the fields we can set and other strategic decisions for the team,” Pant stated.
“I have been talking to Ricky (Ponting, the head coach) and our bowling coach James Hopes as well. There’s a good mix of seniors and juniors in our squad and I think with the help of Ricky, we can do something different this year,” he added.
Pant expressed that he’s simply seeking to hold issues easy in his first match as skipper within the IPL.
“I haven’t thought about the fact that it’s my first match as captain in the IPL. I am just going to keep things simple and give my 100 per cent. You get a good idea about setting fields as a wicket-keeper and now as captain I will be making the changes in the field directly. So, there’s not going to be much of a difference for me,” stated Pant.
Runners-up Delhi Capitals will look to go one up and raise the trophy this time. Speaking forward of their opening match, head coach Ponting stated the crew needs to construct on final 12 months’s efficiency and method the opening sport with the “right attitude”.
“The CSK have got a good squad of players and they’ve got lots of flexibility and a lot of options. But we’ve got a great squad as well and we want to build on last season,” Ponting stated.
“I have said to the boys that it’s not about last season, but there are a lot of positives that we can take from the way we have played in the last couple of seasons.
“Although we have got a barely completely different squad, we anticipate to play higher as a gaggle and obtain some higher outcomes. So, for us, Chennai Super Kings is simply sport one.
“We need to approach it with the right attitude and play well. Hopefully, win that game and move on to the second game. But we know that we’ll have to play well to win,” he added.
The former Australia captain added that Suresh Raina, who missed the final season, will make an enormous distinction to the CSK outfit this 12 months.
He stated: “The Chennai Super Kings have been one of the most successful teams in the history of the IPL. They have got a great leader and a great squad of players. They have always managed to play consistent cricket.
“Last 12 months, they had been most likely upset with the best way their season labored out, however I feel loads of that needed to do with the truth that Suresh Raina wasn’t there for all the match. He comes again to the squad this 12 months, which is nearly like a brand new recruit for them.”
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