Picture Credit: X/IPL

Picture Credit: X/IPL

Rishabh Pant’s return to competitive cricket has been a plus point not only for the Delhi Capitals (DC) but also for the Indian team, seeing the T20 World Cup 2024 ahead. The marquee tournament will be played in the USA and West Indies in June this year, a just week after the conclusion of the IPL 2024.

Although a lot of people are looking at Rishabh Pant retaining his place in the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup, former Australian captain, Michael Clarke has put the wicketkeeper-batter’s participation in jeopardy. Speaking after Pant’s troubles on the field during DC vs KKR match in Vizag, Clarke feels his injury could require some more time.

“He looked a little bit sore, a little bit ginger. I saw the Delhi physio run out to the field a couple of times to check on him, so hopefully he’s pulled out okay. The positives are in the presentation he said he was fine and hopefully a day off or a couple of days off and he will be ready for the next game,” the former Australian cricketer said while speaking to Star Sports. 

“He’s a wonderful player and everybody is happy that he’s back on the field and we want to see him play for Delhi, but we also want to see him come back and play for India as soon as possible,” Clarke added. “I think the work that has gone into his rehab to get to that level of play at any standard is an amazing achievement. He deserves a lot of credit for his hard work and it’s great to see him on the field, captaining and playing well, batting and keeping,” he continued. 

I am enjoying each and every day: Rishabh Pant on his return to cricket

Speaking after 106-run loss against KKR, Pant opened up on his return to competitive cricket. “I am enjoying each and every day (talking about his fitness and comeback) and cricket has its own ups and downs, and at the same time you can try and give your best as an individual,” he said at the post-match presentation. 

Speaking of Delhi Capitals’ (DC) campaign in the IPL 2024, the Rishabh Pant-led side are reeling at the ninth place in the standings. Out of the four matches DC has played, they have been able to register only a solitary win, which came against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.