IPL 2024: Focus on comeback Vir Pant!, Delhi Capitals open against Punjab Kings today in IPL

All eyes will be on whether Pant will appear in the triple role of captain, batsman and wicketkeeper in this match.

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Chandigad: Rishabh Pant will make his comeback to competitive cricket today, Saturday, more than a year after surviving a horrific accident with sheer determination and determination. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 Cricket, Punjab Kings will face the Pant-led Delhi Capitals in the afternoon session today. All eyes will be on whether Pant will appear in the triple role of captain, batsman and wicketkeeper in this match.

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In December 2022, Pant’s car met with a terrible accident. He suffered serious injuries. He was then operated on. He had to go through a long rehabilitation program. However, Pant regained fitness in less time than expected and is now ready to return to the cricket field from the ‘IPL’. BCCI has allowed Pant to play as a wicket keeper.

But before the start of this season, Delhi head coach Ricky Poynting had hinted that Pant might be played only as a batsman in the opening few matches. So it will be important to see whether the Delhi team management will play Pant as a wicket keeper or only as a batsman. If Pant doesn’t want to keep wickets, Delhi have West Indies’ Shai Hope, South Africa’s Tristan Stubbs and debutant Kumar Kushagra as options.


In the absence of Pant in the last ‘IPL’ season, experienced Australian opener David Warner led Delhi. The Delhi team finished at the ninth position in this tournament which consisted of 10 teams. So now the leadership has been handed over to Pant again. This year’s ‘IPL’ will be important for Pant. The Twenty20 World Cup will start immediately after this tournament. So if Pant wants to get a place in the Indian team for the Twenty20 World Cup, he has to prove his fitness in the IPL and perform well as a batsman.


In December 2022, Pant’s car met with a terrible accident. He suffered serious injuries. He was then operated on. He had to go through a long rehabilitation program. However, Pant regained fitness in less time than expected and is now ready to return to the cricket field from the ‘IPL’. BCCI has allowed Pant to play as a wicket keeper. But before the start of this season, Delhi head coach Ricky Poynting had hinted that Pant might be played only as a batsman in the opening few matches.

So it will be important to see whether the Delhi team management will play Pant as a wicket keeper or only as a batsman. If Pant doesn’t want to keep wickets, Delhi have West Indies’ Shai Hope, South Africa’s Tristan Stubbs and debutant Kumar Kushagra as options.


In the absence of Pant in the last ‘IPL’ season, experienced Australian opener David Warner led Delhi. The Delhi team finished at the ninth position in this tournament which consisted of 10 teams. So now the leadership has been handed over to Pant again. This year’s ‘IPL’ will be important for Pant. The Twenty20 World Cup will start immediately after this tournament. So if Pant wants to get a place in the Indian team for the Twenty20 World Cup, he has to prove his fitness in the IPL and perform well as a batsman.

Both Delhi and Punjab will try to end their wait for the ‘IPL’ title this year. Both these teams have not been able to lift the trophy of ‘IPL’ even once. The Punjab team will play under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan.

Punjab’s bowling is strong

If Punjab team is to be successful this year, their bowlers will have to play their best. Punjab has quality fast bowlers like Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Sam Karan, Harshal Patel and Nathan Ellis. The fast bowlers are expected to get help from the pitch at the new stadium in Mullumpur. Punjab bowlers will try to take advantage of this. He will be supported by leg-spinner Rahul Chahar. Punjab’s batting will rely on captain Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma.

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Delhi’s Warner, trusts Kuldeep

Delhi have a large number of batsmen who play in an aggressive style. Experienced Warner and Prithvi Shaw are expected to open. Warner is seen as Delhi’s most reliable batsman. So Delhi will expect a strong performance from him. Batsmen like Pant, Mitchell Marsh, Tristan Stubbs will play in the middle order.

Delhi’s bowling will depend on South African fast bowler Anrikh Norquay and India’s Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Also good performance is expected from Mukesh Kumar and Akshar Patel. Time: Mon. 3.30 pm ’ Live Broadcast : Star Sports 1, 1 Hindi, Jio Cinema App

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