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Parthiv Patel names Rishabh Pant as the X-factor player in Delhi Capitals team



Photo: Rishabh Pant

|| India Correspondent ||

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has named Rishabh Pant as his ex-factor from the Delhi Capitals team for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. When he was asked to pick one special player from the Delhi franchise, he named the recently-appointed captain for his current batting form.

While speaking exclusively on Star Sports' show GAME PLAN, former Team India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said: "I think Rishabh Pant. Because if he wasn’t in his best of form last season, this year the way he has batted for India, I think he carries a lot of confidence with him and that's what you want when you are playing a T20 game."

"You don’t want any doubts in your mind and especially a player like Rishabh Pant. He was burdened with the comparison of MS Dhoni and he also tried to do that, but he himself is brilliant player. He doesn’t have to worry about being like MS Dhoni. He can be better than MS Dhoni or he can win matches on his own every given time. So, I think Rishabh Pant will be probably hold the key for Delhi Capitals," he further added.

Earlier Pant's teammate Ajinkya Rahane had said that he was looking to regain his form in his first practice session for the Delhi Capitals after the end of quarantine in Mumbai. Rahane last featured in India's fourth Test against England that ended on March 6 as well.

"I batted for the first time in 20 days. We came out after being in quarantine for seven days, so I was just looking to get into the groove and get into a good rhythm. And as we get closer to the tournament, it will be all about maintaining that good rhythm and momentum," said Rahane.

The 14th edition of the IPL will begin on April 9.