The 3 records that Rishabh Pant can script in IPL 2021
First Published Apr 8, 2021, 12:54 PM IST
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League gets started on Friday (April 9), while Delhi Capitals would be eyeing a commendable season as it eyes its maiden IPL title. Furthermore, Rishabh Pant will play a significant part, both as a batsman and the skipper.
The Indian Premier League has a tradition of producing some top players who become a prospect for their national side, mainly India. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is one such prime example.
Playing for Delhi Capitals, Pant has scaled enormous heights and continues to make a tremendous impact for the side and Team India. In IPL 2021, he would once again have a role to play.
While batting and wicketkeeping would be his prime focus, he would have the added responsibility of leading the side upon Shreyas Iyer's absence. As he looks to steer the team to glory, we look at the records that reckon him this season.
Pant has so far smashed 275 fours in his T20 career. Therefore, he is just 25 away from scoring his 300th four in the shortest format. Not just in his T20 career, but Pant would also eye a landmark in the IPL, considering the number of fours he hits. With 183 fours in the tournament, Pant needs 17 more to enter the 200-four club, besides becoming the second DC player after Virender Sehwag to do so.
Pant would also eye one with the big gloves, having already claimed 43 catches in the competition. Thus, seven more would allow him to script 50 catches, while he could become the eighth wicketkeeper to do so and the first from DC. Also, just four catches would enable him to have 50 catches as a player in the tournament.
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A first among IPL captains
Provided Pant continues to lead until the season and help DC lift its maiden title, he would become the fourth skipper of the tournament and the second Indian skipper to win the title in his maiden season captain. The other three to have done so are Shane Warne (Rajasthan Royals, 2008), Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers, 2009) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians, 2013).