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Keeping hopes: Rishabh Pant on course for IPL return

Keeping hopes: Rishabh Pant on course for IPL return

Rishabh Pant has been recovering his touch at the NCA. Screengrab


New Delhi, February 20

Rishabh Pant remains on course for a much-anticipated comeback in the IPL after taking part in a practice game organised by his franchise Delhi Capitals in Alur, Karnataka.

Pant, who met with a horrific car accident in December 2022, has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and is working hard to regain match fitness before the start of the IPL.

The southpaw had also featured in an exhibition game last year. “The match was part of assessing his mobility basically. He has been batting at nets for a while and playing in a practice game was more like an extension of it,” said an NCA source referring to the intra-squad game in Alur near Bengaluru.

Earlier this month, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting had given a major update on Pant, saying the cricketer was confident about his return in the IPL. However, Pant may not be ready for wicketkeeping duties in the competition, as suggested by Ponting at an event in Melbourne.

“Rishabh is very confident that he’s going to be right to play. In what capacity we’re not quite sure yet,” Ponting had said. “You would have seen all the social media stuff, he’s up and about and running well. But in saying that we’re only six weeks away from the first game as well. So we’re not sure if we’ll get wicketkeeping out of him this year. But I’ll guarantee if I asked him now he’ll say, ‘I’m playing every game, I’m keeping every game and I’m batting at No. 4’. That’s just what he’s like, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” he added.

Pant is also expected to lead Delhi Capitals. David Warner had captained in his absence last year. “He’s such a dynamic player. He’s obviously our captain. We missed him incredibly last year,” Ponting said. “If you understand the journey he’s been on the last 12-13 months, it was a horrific incident. One that I know he feels very lucky to have even survived, let alone have the chance to play cricket again. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope that he can be out there and play. Even if it’s not all the games, if we can manage him through 10 of the 14 games or whatever that might be then will be a bonus,” he had said. — PTI

IPL to begin on March 22

New Delhi: The Indian Premier League is set to begin on March 22 and will be held entirely in the country despite the coinciding general elections, league chairman Arun Dhumal said today. The elections are expected to be held in April and May and that is the main reason why the schedule for the IPL’s 17th edition has not been unveiled yet. Dhumal said only the schedule of the first 15 days will be announced and the roster for the remaining games will be decided after the announcement of the general election dates. The dates of the Lok Sabha polls are expected to be announced early next month. “We are looking at a March 22 start for the tournament. We are working closely with the government agencies and we will first release the initial schedule. The entire tournament will be held in India,” said Dhumal. PTI

It’s a boy! Kohli becomes dad for second time

New Delhi: Star India batter Virat Kohli today announced that he and his actress wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby boy on February 15. Kohli and Anushka are already proud parents of a three-year-old daughter Vamika. “With abundant happiness and our hearts full of love, we are pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February, we welcomed our baby boy Akaay & Vamika’s little brother into this world!” Kohli informed in an Instagram post. “We seek your blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in our lives. We request you to kindly respect our privacy at this time.”

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