IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant replaces injured Shreyas Iyer as Delhi Capitals captain

Iyer had dislocated his shoulder during England ODI series

Cricket - Fourth Twenty20 International - India v England - Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India - March 18, 2021 India's Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in action REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been named captain of the Delhi Capitals after batsman Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after injuring his left shoulder during India's ODI series with England.

Iyer sustained the injury while diving to stop a shot by England opener Jonny Bairstow and India's cricket board said he had partially dislocated his shoulder.

"Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming season following his injury," the Capitals said in a statement. "Rishabh Pant will lead the team in his absence.

"Shreyas will be missed immensely, and we can't wait to see him in DC colours once again. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Pant has seen his stock rise in recent months with match-winning knocks in Test series wins in Australia and against England at home before sealing his spot in the limited-overs side.

The 23-year-old middle order batsman also smashed 77 and 78 in the last two ODIs against England as India won the series 2-1 in Pune.

The IPL begins on April 9, with the Capitals playing their first game the following day against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.


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