Young Rishabh Pant to lead team Delhi in Vijay Hazare Trophy

 . Last updated on February 10, 2017, 2:18 PM
Young Rishabh Pant to lead team Delhi in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Rishabh Pant scored a total of 972 runs in 2016-17 Ranji season.


There has been a change of captaincy in Delhi team that is set to play the upcoming domestic 50 overs tournament. For this Vijay Hazare season beginning from February 25, Rishabh Pant took over the leading position from Gautam Gambhir of the team. The 19-years old player will lead team Delhi in the tournament. As stated by coach KP Bhaskar, the decision was “consensus” and Pant will lead the team in future tournaments as well. Gambhir was captain in the previous season. Under him, the team played the final match but failed to win the trophy. Coach Bhaskar added the “selectors are looking at the future and they think Rishabh is the right choice.”

Per the coach, the seniors of the team will assist in grooming the young player. Currently, Delhi team has several senior players including Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma. Bhaskar said it is the right opportunity to prepare for the future. Applauding Gambhir, Bhaskar thinks the player still has a lot of cricket left in him. He wants the player to concentrate on his batting and carry on this strong stance within the team. The decision of changing the leadership will reduce the batsman’s workload and allow him to play much better. Bhaskar wants him to have a free mind and continue playing with the team.

In the latest Ranji season, Pant delivered an excellent strike to become the fourth highest scorer. He totaled 972 runs in eight matches at an average of 81.00. His strike rate throughout the tournament was 107.28. The young batsman also debuted T20 international playing against England in the final match. Gambhir played his latest international match against England in the test series. However, the player could not utilize the opportunity to gain grounds in the international squad. He was also a top batsman in the Ranji season. In the upcoming tournament, Delhi will campaign against Cuttack playing the opening match.

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