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Skipper Rishabh Pant targets elusive IPL title for Delhi Capitals

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New Delhi: New Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant said the environment in his team is conducive to make an attempt to win their maiden title.

Pant was named skipper in place of injured regular captain Shreyas Iyer. Pant has scored 2,079 runs in 68 IPL matches so far and expressed that he is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.

“We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year. We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well.

“Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a captain,” said the 23-year-old.

When asked about the influence of head coach Ricky Ponting on the team, Pant said, “He (Ricky) has been so amazing for us in the last two-three years.

“He brings energy to the team and as a player when you see your coach and you’re thinking this is the man from whom you can learn a lot, then nothing is better than that.

“Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.” The wicketkeeper-batsman’s team will take on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on April 10.

“My first match as captain will be against Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well.

“I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from MS Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Pant said.

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