Delhi Capitals’ Head coach Ricky Ponting is determined to make up for the absence of star player Rishabh Pant in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League 2023.
While speaking about the change in leadership for this season, Ponting mentioned that he has spoken to Pant and hopes to get him involved in the team in some capacity.
When asked about the change of guard in leadership for this season, Ponting said, “I have spoken to Rishabh a bit. We are hoping to get him involved this season. I’d love to have him at all our home games. Having him in our dugout or our change room will be very special. However, David Warner will do a great job. He has been a successful franchise cricket captain in the past. He’s excited to lead the team as well”
However, he is confident that David Warner will do a great job leading the team. Ponting is excited to work with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who has joined the DC camp as their Director of Cricket.
Ponting spoke about his experience working with Ganguly, saying, “I have spoken to Sourav about the players we’ve got, possible line-ups, possible keepers and things like that. It was a lot of fun to work with him in 2019 and we won a lot of games.”
Ponting is also excited about the IPL returning to its regular home and away format after three seasons. He believes that the increased travel will make the tournament more exciting and provide players with the opportunity to play in different venues in front of diverse fan groups.
Under Ponting’s leadership, Delhi Capitals reached the IPL finals for the first time in 2020, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, and Mumbai Indians claimed the trophy.
The Delhi Capitals will begin their IPL 2023 campaign on April 1 against Lucknow Super Giants.
2023 Delhi Capitals IPL Schedule Squad:
David Warner (c), Rishabh Pant, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Manish Pandey, Rovman Powell, Rilee Rossouw, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, Philip Salt, Khaleel Ahmed, Aman Hakim Khan, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vicky Ostwal, Chetan Sakariya and Ishant Sharma