Rishabh Pant will be seen in IPL on the special demand of Ricky Ponting, will burn his life in Delhi Capitals
Aman Khan will rock for Delhi
Ponting said, ‘Aman Khan is a player who has impressed us a lot and we gave Shardul Thakur to KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) to get him. I don’t know how much you have seen him playing but he impressed a lot in the last two days of practice. Ponting, however, agreed that they have some good power hitters in their middle-order who will try to make up for Pant’s absence.
He said, ‘When we talk about power hitters in the middle order, we have players like Aman Khan, Rovman Powell and Akshar Patel. Axar’s batting has improved a lot in the last 12 months. We will find a way to replace Rishabh but we will not get the same skillful player. David Warner may have batted at number four in the just-concluded third ODI against India but Ponting made it clear that the newly-appointed Delhi Capitals skipper will open the innings in the form he has found success in the past two decades. .
Only Warner will open for the team
Ponting said, ‘I do not want Warner to bat at number four. He is the most successful opener in IPL history and we saw it in the matches he played for Delhi Capitals last year as well. “He was our highest run-scorer and won many matches with his batting,” he said. Mitchell Marsh performed brilliantly as an opener in the series against India and Ponting says he will also bowl for Delhi in the IPL.
He said, ‘He is a top-order batsman and all-rounder for us. He is yet to bowl in matches after recovering from an ankle injury but he has been bowling for the last five-six weeks and his role in the team is to bowl a few overs.
In this season of IPL, the rule of ‘Impact Player’ will also be applicable, in which a batsman or a bowler can be changed in the middle of the match according to the situation. Ponting believes that this rule will reduce the role of the all-rounder. He said, ‘It will actually reduce the role of the all-rounder because you will not need to pick any all-rounder. You select good batsmen or bowlers and when needed, replace one of them.