Thiruvananthapuram: Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting has shed light on Rishabh Pant’s potential role in the upcoming IPL season, indicating that the player may only be available as a batter rather than donning the wicketkeeping gloves. Pant’s confidence in playing the entire tournament stems from his remarkable recovery after being involved in a life-threatening car accident in December 2022, which required ligament reconstruction surgeries.
Ponting expressed uncertainty regarding Pant’s ability to fulfil wicketkeeping duties, citing the proximity to the tournament’s commencement. However, he remains optimistic about Pant’s participation and emphasises the importance of managing his workload effectively throughout the season.
If Pant is unable to take on wicketkeeping responsibilities, the 26-year-old may contribute solely as a batter or be utilised as an impact player in the IPL. Ponting highlighted Pant’s dynamic playing style and leadership qualities, underscoring his significance to the team.
In the event that Pant is unable to lead the team, Ponting confirmed that star Australian batter David Warner would assume the captaincy role. Additionally, the franchise has bolstered its lineup with the acquisition of young English batter Harry Brook, providing further depth to the batting unit.