Ricky Ponting explains how Rishabh Pant will be managed during IPL 2024

India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant is expected to make a comeback in the IPL 2024 but might not lead the Delhi Capitals as he is coming off a long injury layoff.

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Rishabh Pant with Ricky Ponting

Rishabh Pant with Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Twitter)

India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant might make his comeback in the IPL 2024. He has been out of the game due to a near-fatal accident on December 30, 2022. Pant sustained major injuries which is why he is yet to play a competitive game. As the left-hander is lacking game time at the domestic level, he will not play in the rest of the Test series against England.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting, who was recently appointed as the coach of Washington Freedom has said that even though Pant might be confident about his fitness, he might not keep the wickets for the entire season. The former Australia skipper added that Pant would want to play every game despite everything.

"Rishabh is very confident that he's going to be right to play," Ponting said. "In what capacity we're not quite sure yet.
"You would have seen all the social-media stuff, he's up and about and running well. But in saying that we're only six weeks away from the first game as well. So we're not sure if we'll get wicketkeeping out of him this year.
"But I'll guarantee if I asked him now he'll say, 'I'm playing every game, I'm keeping every game and I'm batting at No.4.' That's just what he's like, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Rishabh Pant is such a dynamic player: Ricky Ponting

"He's such a dynamic player. He's obviously our captain. We missed him incredibly last year.
"If you understand the journey he's been on the last 12-13 months, it was a horrific incident. One that I know he feels very lucky to have even survived, let alone have the chance to play cricket again.
"We'll just keep our fingers crossed and hope that he can be out there and play. Even if it's not all the games, if we can manage him through 10 of the 14 games or whatever that might be then whatever games you can get out of him will be a bonus."
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