Despite the return of regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant is expected to stay as Delhi Capitals (DC) captain for the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to sources. While Iyer was ruled out of the competition owing to a shoulder ailment, Pant was named the DC captain. After recovering from shoulder surgery, Iyer has already arrived in the UAE, where he is preparing for the remaining IPL 2021 matches. Pant, on the other hand, is now in England, where India is playing the hosts in a five-Test series.

“While it’s fantastic that Shreyas Iyer is back in shape and ready to play, it’s understood that the DC management wants to give him more time to recover. As a result, Pant will continue to captain the team, but just for the second half of the IPL 2021,” Sportskeeda source said.

“It’s a setback, but you just have to push through it and come back strong. It was difficult for me to accept that I would have to undergo surgery. I was at the highest level, at the top of my training before the injury, and then this freak incident happened,” Iyer remarked. On September 22, the Delhi Capitals will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

DC reached the IPL final for the first time in 2020 under Iyer’s leadership. Pant has done an excellent job leading DC thus far in the competition, as they currently sit atop the IPL 2021 table with 12 points from eight games.