Ahead of the auction, the Delhi Capitals have made the biggest decision regarding Rishabh Pant for the IPL 2024 season.
The 26-year-old wicket-keeper batsman is set to make his comeback in the IPL 2024 season. However, Pant will not lead Delhi Capitals; it is likely that David Warner will continue leading the side, despite their 9th position finish in IPL 2023.
While Rishabh Pant will make his comeback in IPL 2024, it has been learned that the Delhi Capitals management will use him only as an Impact Player. This means that Pant will play only as a batsman and will not do wicket-keeping or fielding. This is because the major injuries suffered by Pant in his car accident were on his knees and the DC management won’t ask him to do wicket-keeping, or even fielding, but just play him as a pure batsman.
This is still a major boost for Delhi Capitals that their experienced player Pant will be available for IPL 2024 season, especially considering their struggles last season in the middle-order and finishing.
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According to the latest report by RevSportz, the DC management is confident that Rishabh Pant will be fit and available for the IPL 2024, but his return will be gradual and only as a batsman and he will be used as an Impact Player.
RevSportz reported: “Delhi Capitals are gearing up to welcome back Rishabh Pant for #IPL2024 but sources have confirmed that we are likely to see the dynamic southpaw more as an impact player in the tournament.”
“Pant is on the track toward his optimum fitness where he can start his cricket as soon as possible. But we have to be very very patient about the recovery and rehabilitation of Pant. He is not expected to keep wickets as of now.”
The IPL 2024 auction is slated for December 19 in Dubai. Delhi have released 11 players and now have a handsome purse of INR 28.95 crore for the auction.
Delhi Capitals retained players:
Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Yash Dhull, Abishek Porel, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Pravin Dubey, Vicky Ostwal, Anrich Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, Lungi Ngidi, , Khaleel Ahmed, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar