The Delhi Capitals’ campaign in IPL 2023 has been dealt a major blow as their captain Rishabh Pant has been ruled out due to injuries sustained in a car accident in December 2022.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was set to lead the team for the third consecutive season, but his injuries have not healed sufficiently to allow him to participate in the tournament.
As a result, Australian opener David Warner has been named as the new captain of the Delhi Capitals, with Axar Patel continuing in his role as vice-captain. The team will be hoping that Warner can lead them to their first IPL title, as they begin their campaign against the Lucknow Super Giants on April 1st in Lucknow.
Delhi Capitals to wear Rishabh Pant’s number on their shirts or caps
In a touching tribute to their captain Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals have announced that they will wear his number on their shirts or caps during the upcoming IPL 2023 season. The decision was revealed by head coach Ricky Ponting during the team’s jersey launch event.
Pant, who has been a vital player for the Delhi Capitals since his debut in the league, will not be able to participate in IPL 2023 due to the injuries he sustained in a tragic accident in December 2022. His absence has left a significant void in the team, both as a leader and a player.
To keep Pant’s presence felt in the team, head coach Ricky Ponting has come up with the unique idea of having his number on their shirts or caps. This gesture will show that even though Pant is not physically present with the team, he still remains an important part of it.
“In an ideal world for me, he’d be sitting next to me in the dugout every match. But if that’s not possible, we’d like to make him part of the team in ways possible. We can have his number on our shirts or on caps. Just to make it clear that he’s our leader, even if he’s not with us,” said Ponting during the event.
Pant’s leadership and batting skills will be missed by the team, but the decision to make David Warner the captain and Axar Patel the vice-captain in Pant’s absence shows the depth of talent in the team. The Delhi Capitals will have to step up their game to fill the void left by Pant and strive to achieve success in the tournament.
The IPL 2023 is likely to be an exciting season with many new players and teams joining the league. The Delhi Capitals’ gesture of wearing Pant’s number on their shirts or caps is a touching tribute to their leader and will surely inspire them to give their best in the upcoming season.
It remains to be seen how the team will perform in the tournament without their captain and star player. However, one thing is certain, the Delhi Capitals will carry the spirit of Rishabh Pant with them throughout the tournament, and his absence will be felt by the team and fans alike.
Delhi Capitals Probable Playing XI in 1st Match
As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is set to begin, Delhi Capitals fans are eagerly waiting to see their team in action. With Rishabh Pant ruled out of the tournament due to a tragic accident, the team has undergone some changes in its squad. David Warner, who joined the Delhi Capitals last season, has been appointed as the new captain of the team.
According to reports, Warner is likely to open the innings for the Delhi Capitals with Prithvi Shaw. Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, and Sarfaraz Khan are expected to occupy the middle order. The team is also expected to include two all-rounders in the form of Rovman Powell and Axar Patel.
The bowling department for Delhi Capitals looks strong with Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, and Ishant Sharma. With a good balance of batting and bowling, Delhi Capitals are a team to watch out for in the IPL 2023.
Here is the predicted playing 11 for Delhi Capitals:
- David Warner (c)
- Prithvi Shaw
- Mitchell Marsh
- Manish Pandey
- Sarfaraz Khan (wk)
- Rovman Powell
- Axar Patel
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Anrich Nortje
- Khaleel Ahmed
- Ishant Sharma