Rishabh Pant and Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting wants Rishabh Pant to be in the dugout during IPL 2023

Delhi Capitals Rishabh Pant has been ruled out of the forthcoming IPL season following a fatal car crash he suffered on December 30 while returning home from Delhi for New Year.

Rishabh Pant, admitted to Kokilaben Hospital, suffered a severe ligament tear for which he has undergone one of two successful surgeries. The 25-year-old will be discharged in two weeks after his 2nd surgery gets done successfully.

Meanwhile, the reports suggest that Pant is likely to be out of action for at least 6-8 months, which rules him out of the IPL and probably the all-important World Cup.

More than India, Pant’s services will be missed most by the Delhi franchise, who not only lost their key player but also a valuable wicket-keeper.

Delhi has Phil Salt and Sarfaraz Khan as the other keeping options but still lacks strength in this department. Meanwhile, head coach Ricky Ponting has opened up on the present situation and said that Delhi are looking for a wicket-keeper batter to replace Rishabh Pant.

Further, speaking about Pant, Ponting said he would love Pant to be around the team sitting by him in the dugout every day of the week.

“If he is allowed to travel by the time IPL starts, I want him to be in the dugout sitting beside me every day of the week.”

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