Rishabh Pant has established himself as one of India’s most promising players across all formats. His growth has been commendable since his debut, and as a result, he has cemented his place in the Indian team.
Ricky Ponting, a former Australian cricketer and current coach of the Delhi Capitals, has spoken out on Pant’s development as a player.
In all three versions of the game, Rishabh Pant is presently India’s top choice keeper-batter. Over the years, he has improved his talent and has pushed Wriddhiman Saha out of the Test team.
Pant’s keeping skills have recently astonished the cricketing community, in addition to being a superb striker of the ball. Ponting believes that Pant’s game has matured significantly and that it would take a very strong player to remove him from the team.
“I could see that coming. Because I could see how much his game had developed, I could see how much he had matured, and I could also see how much he wanted to be in every Indian team. Now I think it is going to take a very good player to knock him out of one of those positions in any of those three teams,” Ponting said, as reported in Hindustan Times.
Rishabh Pant praised by Ponting
Delhi has enjoyed a fantastic first half of the IPL under the captaincy of Pant and the watchful eye of coach Ricky Ponting. The team began the second leg with a resounding victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ponting praised Pant’s leadership abilities and expressed confidence in his ability to perform and lead the squad forward.
“When he wasn’t captain [at the Capitals], he was an exceptional vice-captain. He has taken over the reins for this IPL and he has done a terrific job so far, and I have enjoyed every moment of working alongside him, as I have with all the rest of the boys.
“We are all striving for something special around the Delhi Capitals franchise. We got close last year, making it to the final. But this year we want to go one step further. And obviously, Rishabh is going to be a big part of that.”