Returned from India after getting injured, now becomes captain in IPL, will replace Rishabh Pant


Rishabh Pant was injured in a car accident in December 2022.
Rishabh Pant will not be able to play in IPL 2023 due to his injuries.

New Delhi. Australia’s experienced batsman David Warner has been appointed as the captain of Delhi Capitals on Thursday, March 16, for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season in the absence of Rishabh Pant. Team’s regular captain Rishabh Pant is recovering from a serious injury sustained in a car accident and he will not be able to return to the team in the upcoming season starting on March 31. Along with this, Indian all-rounder Akshar Patel will be the vice-captain of the Delhi team. He had performed this responsibility in the last session as well. Delhi Capitals has also announced the appointment of former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the director of cricket for the franchise. Ganguly has already been associated with Delhi Capitals in the role of mentor during the 2019 season.

In a release issued by Delhi Capitals, David Warner said, “Rishabh has been a wonderful captain for Delhi Capitals and we will all miss him. I would like to thank the team management for the trust they have reposed in me with this responsibility. David Warner further said, “I have always felt at home with this franchise. I am very excited to lead a talented group of players. After Rishabh Pant’s injury, it was almost certain that David Warner would become the captain. Rishabh Pant was leading this team from 2021. He was seriously injured in a car accident in December while going from Delhi to Roorkee. After this, he had a successful knee surgery in Mumbai.

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David Warner is included in the Australian squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting on Friday in Mumbai. He is one of the most successful batsmen of IPL. He has scored 5881 runs in 162 matches of 13 seasons since 2009. During this, his average is 42.01 and the strike rate is 140.69. He has also scored four centuries and 55 half-centuries.

David Warner started his IPL journey in 2009 with Delhi’s franchise (then Delhi Daredevils). He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 and under his leadership the team became champions in 2016. This 36-year-old batsman again joined the Delhi team in 2022. In the last season, he was the highest run scorer for Delhi Capitals. He scored 432 runs with five half-centuries and an average of 48. During this, his strike rate was 150.52.

Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly also looked thrilled to be associated with the franchise of Delhi Capitals. He said, “My association with the women’s team (Delhi Capitals) and Pretoria Capitals in the last few months has been wonderful. I am looking forward to the upcoming season of IPL.” He said, “Delhi Capitals did well as a team during my last tenure. Hope we all have a great time in the next few months. The Delhi Capitals team will start their campaign against Lucknow Super Giants on April 1.

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