Rishabh Pant, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, said that the team is in a good frame of mind ahead of IPL 2022. The 2020 finalists will face the Mumbai Indians in their season opener on March 27. 

Pant was speaking after Delhi Capitals’ first practice session on Monday. He said that the players are enjoying each other’s company. 

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“It seems like the team has been made for the first time. I observed every player during my first practice session with the team and it looks like everybody is in a good frame of mind. Everybody is enjoying each other’s company,” Pant said in an official release issued by Delhi Capitals.

The 24-year-old was made the team’s captain in 2020. He is the youngest skipper in the league this year. 

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“At the moment, we are trying to understand what do the new players need during nets sessions. We are discussing the roles the players can take up during matches and the kind of team environment we would like to set up. We have spoken to the new players about the team environment we’ve had in the last few years,” Pant said. 

Ricky Ponting has been coaching the team since 2018. Pant said the Australian is like a family member to him and brings the energy out of every player on the field. 

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“It’s always special meeting Ricky Ponting. Whenever I meet him, it feels like I am meeting a family member. And he always brings the energy out of every player on the field. Everyone looks up to him and waits for him to say something different,” the DC skipper.

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Delhi Capitals squad: Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant (c), Axar Patel, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Sarfaraz Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Vicky Ostwal.