IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant’s level of maturity has gone through the roof - Ponting

IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant’s level of maturity “has gone through the roof” in the last couple of seasons, says Delhi Capital’s head coach Ricky Ponting.

Rishabh Pant was made captain in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, during the first leg of IPL 2021.   -  K. R. DEEPAK

“Rishabh Pant’s level of maturity in the last couple of seasons has just gone through the roof,” is how Delhi Capitals’ (DC) coach Ricky Ponting chose to describe the wicketkeeper’s batsman’s evolution with the franchise.

Addressing a press conference ahead of DC’s clash on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ponting said, “When I first joined the Delhi Capitals camp, Rishabh was just starting to burst onto the scene. I made a pretty big call during the Australian summer last year when Rishabh finally made his way back to the Test team that we are going to see the unearthing of someone that could be a star Test match player for a long time.

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“And what he has done since then on the international stage has been nothing short of sensational and I could see that coming. He's done a terrific job as captain of Delhi Capitals as well.”

In response, the DC skipper Pant said, “I have learned from Ricky that, as a captain, you need to treat everyone equally. If you respect everyone in the team, then the entire team gives everything they have for you and they also stand by you in every situation.”

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