Rishabh Pant could feature in next year’s IPL, confirms Sourav Ganguly

Rishabh Pant could feature in next year's IPL, confirms Sourav Ganguly

Star Indian Wicket Keeper Batsman Rishabh Pant suffered a life threatening car crash last December while on his way from Dehradun to Delhi as he wanted to surprise his family for the new year but we all know what happened later.

He was admitted to the hospital and was deemed not fit to feature in any cricketing action for the next yeat at least. Since his operation in early 2023, Pant shared his recovery timeline through social media. Step by step, the 26-year-old is getting back to full fitness with his return to competitive cricket set to happen through IPL 2024.

Delhi Capitals Director Sourav Ganguly confirmed yesterday that Pant will be a part of the team’s early camp at Bengal Cricket Association’s Jadavpur University second campus. Rishabh is going to be at Kolkata until Saturday afternoon.

He will be training right away in this initial camp which is being done as part of preparations for Indian Premier League 2024. Pant’s situation will be assessed thoroughly and Sourav Ganguly also confirmed that the Left-hander will feature in the T20 carnival next year.

Only a real Delhi Capitals fan or a real follower of IPL will know the importance of Rishabh Pant for the North-Indian outfit. He has been a part of both Delhi teams – Daredevils before it became the Capitals. He has seen every phase from finishing bottom to reaching the play-offs and has also lost a Final in 2020.

His flamboyance and aggresive style saw him raise many eyebrows with some seeing him as a newer version of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. He scored 198 on his debut IPL before scoring 366, 684, 488 and 343 until 2020 before becoming the Captain and scoring 419 and 340 in 2021 and 2022.

And the credit should also go the Delhi Capitals for retaining and trusting Pant. It is infact the best decision the management and owners of the team has ever made. But it will also be totally foul if head coach Ricky Ponting and co. think that Pant can come in straight and do what they have never done.

During the camp at Kolkata, the 26-year-old was captured walking around the ground without a knee strap on. With his road to recovery going very well can he have a farytale return to 2024 IPL?