Opener of Delhi Capitals Shikhar Dhawan seems to be quite impressed with Rishabh Pant’s leadership qualities, as he deals with the situation calmly and in composed manner in his first match. Shikhar Dhawan admitted that such a calm behavior with great presence of mind of Rishabh Pant can be motivation for other players.
Pant was chosen as a captain after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer got a shoulder injury during the ODI series against England and was ruled out of the tournament. Rishabh Pant got an excellent chance to make a memorable start to his captaincy stint. Under the captaincy of 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Delhi Capitals were able to register seven-wicket victory over champions Chennai Super Kings in their opening match of the IPL 2021 which was played on Saturday at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.
“He (Rishabh Pant) did quite well. First of all, glad that he won the toss. It was a bit of a sticky wicket, so it was good for us to bat second. He kept his calm and kept on motivating the boys,” Dhawan said during the post-match press conference.
“He made good changes as well. It was his first match (as captain), so I am sure it is only going to get refined from here. He has just started and with experience, I am sure, he is only going to get better.
“The best thing about Rishabh Pant is that he stays calm. His presence of mind is quite there, which is very very good.”
When Dhawan was asked to give advice to Pant as a senior player, he said: “…of course, I give my advice to him. The youngsters, whenever they come to me to ask for batting tips or mindset things, I always share my knowledge with them.”