‘We’d still love to have him around during IPL’: Ricky Ponting on Rishabh Pant | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s capital Head Coach Ricky Ponting spoke out his heart about the hitter in India Rishabh pantswho had a life-threatening accident last December, said they wanted him around DC’s tunneling in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from March-April.
Speaking on The ICC ReviewsPonting says he was in contact with Pant during the 25-year-old’s recovery.
India goalkeeper hitter Pant was involved in a car crash on December 30 and suffered multiple major injuries, however, he is making steady progress and is expected to return to the field final match.
The timeframe for Pant’s return to cricket is still unclear, with his participation in the IPL this season yet to be completely ruled out.
“If he’s really not physically fit to compete, we’d still have him around. He’s the kind of person who leads the culture around the group, is the captain, and his attitude and smile and voice. His infectious laugh is something we all love so much about him,” Ponting said.
“I really love him, I’ve been telling him that on the phone for the past few days. It was a terrifying time, a really scary time for everyone, let alone a terrible time. Anyone who knows him loves him – he’s a really contagious young man that still has the world at his feet. So we’ll just cross our arms and hope that he could be back playing sooner rather than later,” Ponting told The ICC Review.
“If he can really travel and be with the team, then I want him to sit next to me in the cellar every day of the week. I’ll make sure to make sure, until mid-March when we meet in Delhi and starting our camp and other things, if he can be there, then I want him around at all times,” the Australian legend said.
However, it is highly unlikely that captain DC Pant will play in IPL 2023 with head coach Ponting looking for alternative ways to make up for the loss of his star player.
“You can’t replace those guys, simple as that. They don’t grow on trees, players like that. We had to consider – and we were – a replacement to get on the team, a hitter. ball,” said Ponting.
(With input from ANI)


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