Delhi Capitals (DC) have come to a decision on their captaincy candidate for the remainder of the IPL. The franchise announced that Rishabh Pant will continue to lead the franchise despite the return of regular captain Shreyas Iyer from injury.
An injury in the limited-overs series against England caused Shreyas Iyer to miss the first leg of the 2021 IPL. However, he has completed his rehabilitation process and returned back to full fitness to join the squad for the second leg in the UAE.
In Iyer’s absence, Rishabh Pant was chosen to lead the side. The wicket-keeper batsman’s first stint with captaincy turned out well. The team ended with the top spot halfway through the competition.
With the tournament getting suspended midway, questions arose as to who will lead the side once Iyer returns back into the squad. The franchise have taken a brave call and rewarded Pant for his efforts in the initial phase of the tournament. Delhi Capitals released a statement to announce the decision which read:
“JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that Rishabh Pant will continue as captain for the remainder of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League. Delhi Capitals is currently on top of the points table with 6 wins from 8 matches, and will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on the 22nd of September when the league resumes in the UAE”
Iyer will continue to feature in the team as a middle-order batsman. He had taken over the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir at a difficult juncture in the 2018 IPL. Since then, under Iyer, the franchise finished third in the 2019 IPL and made their first-ever appearance in the finals in the subsequent edition.
Delhi Capitals will resume their campaign with a clash against bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Former India opener Aakash Chopra expressed his displeasure with the Delhi Capitals’ decision to continue with Rishabh Pant as the captain of the team. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said:
‘Rishabh Pant is the captain. It’s OK but personally I didn’t like that decision. You decide on one captain, appoint him, he stays with you for 2-3 years, takes the team to the final, he gets injured, you bring in a stand-in captain and then you say let’s stay with the stand-in; ‘Because he’s doing well in international cricket, Shreyas, you can wait’.