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Newly-appointed Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant wants to use his learnings from MS Dhoni against the latter’s franchise, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), on his captaincy debut. DC and CSK will lock horns in Match 2 of IPL 2021 in Mumbai on Saturday (April 10).

After his exploits against Australia and England, it is fair to say that Pant has successfully taken over the mantle of India’s wicketkeeper-batsman from his predecessor, MS Dhoni. The youngster is excited about going up against Dhoni in his first match as captain.

“My first match as captain will be against Mahi Bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well. I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Rishabh Pant was quoted as saying in a DC press release.

With Shreyas Iyer being sidelined for 4 months due to a shoulder injury, Pant has taken the leadership onus for IPL 2021. Under Iyer, DC reached the final last season but lost out to defending champions Mumbai Indians.

On being given the opportunity to lead the team in the upcoming season, Rishabh Pant thanks the management for showing faith in him and expressed the desire to end their trophy drought in IPL 2021.

“I would like to thank all the coaches and the owners for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to making most of this opportunity. We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year,” he added.

“We’ve been playing nicely as a team for the last 2-3 years and our preparations are going on well. Everyone looks in a great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 per cent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a captain,” he added.

Under Ricky Ponting’s mentorship, Delhi have qualified for the playoffs in the last two seasons. Acknowledging the former Australia skipper’s work, Pant stated the entire team is focused on going all the way in IPL 2021.

“He [Ricky] has been so amazing for us in the last 2-3 years. He brings energy to the team and as a player when you see your coach and you’re thinking this is the man from whom you can learn a lot, then nothing is better than that. Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team,” Rishabh Pant added.

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