Rishabh Pant is likely to make a comeback for the Delhi Capitals in 2024.

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While the specifics of Pant’s return as either a wicketkeeper-batter or specialist batter remain unclear, the team is optimistic about his contributions as both captain and batsman. In November, Pant participated in a Capitals camp in Kolkata alongside senior franchise support personnel Sourav Ganguly (director of cricket), Ricky Ponting (head coach), and Pravin Amre (assistant coach), indicating a potential IPL comeback. Pant was also involved in player retention and release negotiations and the initial auction plans for the December 19 Dubai auction.

Pant’s Injury:
The car accident led to Pant’s inability to play cricket in 2023, resulting in the tearing of three important tendons in his right knee. Following successful surgeries to reconstruct his tendons, Pant has been undergoing recovery at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, supervised by the BCCI. Recent videos shared by Pant suggest positive progress in his recovery. Although he has resumed batting, it remains uncertain whether he has also resumed wicketkeeping.

In July, the BCCI announced that Pant had made ‘significant progress in his rehabilitation and has commenced batting as well as keeping in the nets.’ Since then, there has been no official update on Pant’s status.

If Pant receives clearance from the NCA by February, as anticipated by the franchise, the IPL will mark his return to competitive cricket since his last appearance in the Bangladesh tour in late 2022. In Pant’s absence last season, David Warner temporarily led the Capitals, securing five wins and nine losses in 14 league games, placing them second to last in the standings.

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