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I’m sure Pant will be a talismanic leader: Raina

Delhi Capitals encountered a big blow after their talented captain Shreyas Iyer ruled out of the whole season due to injury. Meanwhile, the Delhi Capitals team management decided to make Rishabh Pant the captain.

I'm sure Pant will be a talismanic leader: Raina

Pant will be looking forward to a new challenge this time. Not everyone can forget that Iyer steered the Delhi-based franchise to the maiden IPL final. Mumbai Indians were too strong in all aspects and won the final.

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Rishabh Pant has been in sensational form with the bat and with the gloves as well. He will surely get benefitted by learning the tricks and trade in the IPL.

Delhi Capitals will start their campaign against the three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings on April 10. The highly-anticipated tournament is expected to go all guns blazing on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Raina heaps praise on Pant

Suresh Raina who missed the last season of IPL citing personal reasons has already joined the CSK camp. He will be looking forward to delivering the much-needed amends as CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in history in the IPL 2020 season.

After Pant was appointed the captain of Delhi Capitals, Raina reserved the highest respect for the youngster. At first, the former Indian cricketer congratulated Pant on becoming the captain. He also further added that Pant will be a talismanic leader.

“Heartiest congratulations to @RishabhPant17 on being named the captain of @DelhiCapitals for this season. I am sure he will be a talismanic leader and will be donning this new cap with pride.🙌,” Raina wrote.

Meanwhile, Pant said he is grateful to team owners who considered him as a captain. “Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled,” said Pant.

“I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role. With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals,” added Pant.

Players retained:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams

Players released:

Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma and Tushar Deshpande are some of the players to have been released by the Delhi franchise, which finished second in the group stage of last year’s tournament.

Full list:

Steve Smith – ₹ 2.20 crore, Umesh Yadav – ₹1 crore, Ripal Patel – ₹20 lakh, Vishnu Vinod – ₹20 lakh, Lukman Meriwala – ₹20 lakh, M Siddharth – ₹20 lakh, Tom Curran – ₹5.25 crore, Sam Billings – ₹2 crore

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