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Rishabh Pant in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Ricky Ponting certain of DC captain’s inclusion

Rishabh Pant in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Ricky Ponting certain of DC captain’s inclusion

With the T20 World Cup approaching, Rishabh Pant's selection for the Indian squad remains a topic of much debate. However, Ricky Ponting's strong endorsement adds a significant voice to the conversation, highlighting Pant's talent and resilience.

Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting has made a strong statement, declaring his unwavering support for wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Rishabh Pant: Guaranteed Selection for Ricky Ponting

Despite the presence of other talented wicketkeeper-batters performing well in the IPL, Ponting is unequivocal in his choice. “Do I believe whether Rishabh should be there in the World Cup squad? Absolutely I do,” he asserted to PTI.

Rishabh Pant did a remarkable comeback

Ponting openly acknowledges the initial uncertainty surrounding Rishabh Pant’s return to cricket after his serious car accident in December 2022. However, witnessing Pant’s resilience and impactful performances upon his return has solidified the coach’s belief in the player. “Seeing the way Rishabh has been making an impact… there’s no doubt in my mind about who should be on the plane,” he declared.

Rishabh Pant talent outshines competition

While acknowledging the depth of talent pool available to Indian selectors, Ponting emphasizes Pant’s unique value. He recognizes that players like Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, and KL Rahul are all in good form, but maintains, “If I was picking a team, I would have Rishabh Pant in it every day of the week.”

A Special Bond: Coach and Player

Ponting’s strong backing for Pant likely stems from their close association within the DC franchise. Witnessing Pant’s recovery journey firsthand has instilled a deep respect in the coach. “Rishabh’s comeback to international cricket is nothing short of remarkable,” Ponting said, recalling his initial concerns after the accident.

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Pant’s Determination: True Champion

However, Ponting highlights Pant’s unwavering determination: “There was never any doubt in his mind that he would be back playing again.” This, coupled with Pant’s improving form and wicketkeeping skills, makes him a clear choice for Ponting.

With the T20 World Cup approaching, Rishabh Pant’s selection for the Indian squad remains a topic of much debate. However, Ricky Ponting’s strong endorsement adds a significant voice to the conversation, highlighting Pant’s talent and resilience.

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