India’s explosive left-handed batsman, Rishabh Pant, is scripting a remarkable comeback to competitive cricket after a harrowing accident in December. Surviving a car collision and subsequent fire, Pant’s journey to recovery has been inspiring and closely followed by fans. As he gears up to lead the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024, the cricketing world speculates about Pant’s potential role as MS Dhoni’s successor in IPL 2025.
Rishabh Pant’s last appearance in a test match against Bangladesh in December 2022 was followed by a forced hiatus due to the accident. Undeterred, he appeared at the Delhi Capitals’ training camp in Kolkata, signalling his intent to return to action. Pant’s commitment to bouncing back was evident despite refraining from practice sessions.
In 2022, Rishabh Pant was appointed the captain of the Delhi Capitals, but fate had other plans, as he missed the 2023 season due to the accident. David Warner led the side in his absence. In 2024, Pant is set to resume his leadership role with the Delhi Capitals, marking a significant comeback to captaincy.
Rishabh Pant has been actively sharing updates on his rehabilitation journey with fans. A recent video on the social media platform X showcased Pants’s rigorous workout routine. The caption, “Bouncing back with every rep,” reflects his determination to return to peak form.
Former Indian cricketer and commentator Deep Dasgupta stirred the cricketing community with speculation about Rishabh Pant’s potential move to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2025. Dasgupta hinted at Pant being considered a successor to MS Dhoni, drawing parallels between their playing styles.
Dasgupta highlighted the close bond between MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant, both on and off the field. Their similarities in playstyle, attacking mindset, and positive approach to the game make Pant a natural fit as Dhoni’s successor.
“Don’t be surprised if they get Rishabh Pant by IPL 2025. MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant are very close. Obviously, Rishabh adores MS, and MS also likes him very much. They spend a lot of time together. Their connection and Rishabh’s thinking are very similar, considering he is very attacking and positive. He’s always talking about winning and whatnot,” said Dasgupta.
Rishabh Pant has long admired MS Dhoni as his role model. With similarities extending beyond cricketing skills, Pant’s potential to lead the Indian Cricket Team is gaining traction. Having captained India in the T20 games, his leadership journey could reach new heights.