New Delhi. Even after a successful campaign in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that Delhi Capitals may have a new captain in the 15th season of the league. Is. Rishabh Pant was appointed the captain of the Delhi Capitals franchise after Shreyas Iyer suffered a shoulder injury in the build-up to the 14th season of domestic cricket’s biggest event – IPL.
With Delhi Capitals dominating India in the first phase of IPL 2021, young captain Rishabh Pant was also given the captaincy in the remaining league played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under the leadership of Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals made it to the playoffs, but last year’s runners-up failed to cement their place in the final. Pant-led Delhi Capitals lost to Mahendra Singh Dhoni Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 1. Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 to knock them out of the final race.
Though Rishabh Pant displayed his captaincy skills well in the 2021 season of IPL, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that Delhi Capitals may enter the new season with a new captain. During a conversation on ESPN Cricinfo, Gambhir was asked whether the veteran Ravichandran Ashwin should be retained by the Delhi franchise next season? Backing Ashwin on this, Gambhir said that if the ‘spin magician’ is retained by Delhi Capitals, he would prefer the experienced spinner to lead the Delhi franchise.
He said, “Look, I am one of his biggest fans and he is one of the best spinners in the world. If you look at the overall line-up, it might be a strange call and only I can think of… But if I was there, I would want him to captain Delhi Capitals next year.” Gautam Gambhir has captained Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in his IPL career.
Veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, one of the most successful spinners in the IPL, has been recalled to Team India for the ICC World T20 on the back of his impressive performance in the T20 tournament. Former Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain and former Chennai Super Kings spinner has scored 145 wickets and score 456 runs in 167 IPL matches.