Rishabh Pant to Captain Capitals and Focus on Batting in IPL 2024

Rishabh Pant will be the captain of the Delhi Capitals for the first half of the IPL 2024 season, but he will not keep wickets. This was said by Parth Jindal, who owns the club. Jindal told Indiasport.club that Capitals expect South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje to be ready to play in their first game, which is on March 23 against Punjab Kings.

Jindal said that the Capitals think tank, which is made up of team director Sourav Ganguly and head coach Ricky Ponting, was sure that Pant would be able to start the IPL, as long as the BCCI gave him the all-clear. This clearance is expected soon.

Pant’s IPL Return

“Rishabh is taking a swing. He’s off. He has begun to keep wickets. Jindal said on Thursday, “He should be fully fit for the IPL.” “Rishabh will lead from the first game of the IPL, which I expect him to do.” We will only use him as a hitter for the first seven games of the IPL. The rest of the season will depend on how his body responds.

Pant won’t play in a competitive cricket match since the Test series in Bangladesh in December 2022. The IPL will be his first game since then. Pant has worked very hard to make an amazing comeback since the terrible car accident he was in on December 30, 2022.

Pant’s IPL Return

He has had three surgeries to fix major knee ligaments in his right leg, all of which were successful. Pant told his doctors that he would cut at least six months off the time they said he needed to recover. This week, the National Cricket Academy set up practice matches in Bengaluru for him.

Pant’s Preparation

Pant also released a wicketkeeping and mobility drill video on Instagram on Tuesday, which has been part of his lower-body fitness for six weeks. He batted and fielded in a 20-over contest on Wednesday, a match simulation.

BCCI doctors oversaw the game. No issues were apparent. Pant should play several more such games before joining the Capitals. After BCCI approval, he will join the team for a preparatory camp in Visakhapatnam, where they will play two home matches.

The Capitals men’s team had to move their home base for the early part of the IPL to avoid starting on tried fields because the second half of WPL 2024—11 games including the playoffs—was played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The 21-match IPL schedule revealed on Thursday includes two home and three away matches for the Capitals. Jindal stated the club would play their final five home games in Delhi.

Anrich Nortje Confirmed Fit for Opening Match

Jindal said Nortje, who has been injured, is ready to join the Visakhapatnam camp. After recovering from a groin injury, Nortje played eleven matches for the team in 2023 before returning home. The franchise kept him before the 2024 auction.

He played the first season of Major League Cricket in the US, but he dropped out of the September ODI series at home against Australia due to a possible back stress fracture and was ruled out of the ODI World Cup. After missing the SA20, his IPL availability was questioned.

“He’s fit,” Jindal stated. “His bow is 80% intense. He will bowl 100% next week. His IPL comeback is imminent. Our first game should be fine after he joins camp.”

Anrich Nortje

Jindal also stated Australia fast bowler Jhye Richardson may miss the first half of the tournament as he recovers from a side injury that kept him out of the remaining BBL and the home ODI series against West Indies. Capitals paid INR 5 crore (US$ 602,000) for Richardson at the December mini-auction.

“He’s touch and go but will be available for some part of IPL,” Jindal.

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