Delhi Capitals regular captain Rishabh Pant is not playing in IPL 2023. In Pant’s absence, David Warner will take over the role of Delhi captain. Also, all-rounder Akshar Patel will play the role of vice-captain of the team. With the IPL just a few days away, Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting spoke to the media. At this time, Ponting explained the reason for making Akshar the vice-captain.
Meanwhile, Axar Patel also played in IPL 2022 as the vice-captain of Delhi Capitals. Since Pant is out of the team this year, David Warner is the captain of Delhi Capitals. Coach Ricky Ponting was asked a question by the media about handing over Akshar Patel as the vice-captain of the team. Responding to this question, Ponting said, “Akshar Patel was our vice-captain last year as well. Once a player has been with a franchise for a long time, we respect him. Akshar will be at the top of the best players in this IPL. After having him there is a good atmosphere in the team. He is a good player and has a lot of experience. That’s why the decision to make him vice-captain is the right one.”
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At this time Ponting also informed that David Warner will play as opener for Delhi Capitals and Prithvi Shaw will open the innings for him. Ponting said, “Prithvi Shaw will bat in the opener along with David Warner. Mitchell March will come to bat at number three. Because his performance in recent times has been tremendous. Expect Marsh to do the same for Delhi Capitals.” Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals are scheduled to play their first match in the upcoming IPL against Lucknow Super Giants on April 1.
(Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting gave the reason for making Axar Patel the vice-captain)
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