Rishabh Pant, the standout wicketkeeper-batsman for Team India, was involved in a terrible automobile accident last month that left him with several injuries to his head, back, and leg. Pant was first taken to a private hospital in Dehradun, but is now stable and receiving treatment in Mumbai. The injuries mean Pant could be out of action for a significant amount of time in cricket, and earlier this week, Sourav Ganguly, a former India captain who is reportedly the new director of cricket for Delhi Capitals, gave an update on Pant’s availability for the team in the 2023 Indian Premier League.

According to Ganguly, Rishabh Pant won’t be available for the IPL, according to Sports Today. The loss of the Capitals’ wicketkeeper-batsman and the captain is a major setback to the team, but former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha said that Phil Salt, who was just acquired by the DC for INR 2 crore in the IPL auction, may take Pant’s spot.

According to Ojha on the Match Centre Live show on JioCinema and Sports18, following Salt’s impressive performance for DC’s sister team Pretoria Capitals in the SA20 tournament, “The most important thing is when you talk about their sister franchise (DC), the situation that they are in, they would need someone like Salt to keep and deliver the way he’s delivered here.” And I believe that all of these think tanks will be seeing him as a resource who can fill in any gaps in their riddles.

Salt, who has played for England in 11 ODIs and 13 T20Is so far, began the batting in his maiden encounter at the SA20 and scored an unbeaten 77 off 47 deliveries. The Capitals defeated Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the end by a score of 23 runs.

Anrich Nortje, a South African pacer who plays for DC as well, is also a member of the Pretoria Capitals. Ojha praised the speedster for his outstanding performance as he recorded remarkable figures of 2/18 in four overs.

“He’s been bowling quickly, and if you look at the way he’s been targeting those stumps, you can see that he’s trying to be disciplined and vary the speed. He delivered those balls with his knuckles. You become quite frustrated when you are bowling at 150 and then abruptly drop to 120 or 125. And Nortje has been there; he has been doing it continuously. He is aware that having those scores on the board allows you the leeway to try more and more bowling experiments, according to Ojha.”