IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals on Thursday announced that India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will continue as the captain of the team in the second phase of the India Premier League (IPL) 2021. Despite the availability of regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, Under whom Delhi reached the final in 2020, the franchise has decided against a change of captaincy. “JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that Rishabh Pant will continue as captain for the remainder of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League,” the franchise said.
Pant was appointed the captain of Delhi Capitals ahead of the start of the 2021 edition of the IPL after Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a left shoulder injury during the first ODI against England in March this year, which required lengthy surgery. After surgery was required.Under Pant, Delhi were the best team in the first half of IPL 2021. With six wins and two losses, Delhi are currently leading the points table with 12 points from eight matches. But the postponement of the league for a second wave of Covid-19 meant Iyer got time and space to recover from the injury.
Iyer will return to competitive cricket after a six-month hiatus in the second half of the IPL, starting September 19 in the UAE.Delhi will start the second leg of IPL 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on 22 September.