Australian star batter David Warner is set to lead Delhi Capitals in the upcoming Indian Premier League(IPL) 2023 in the absence of regular Rishabh Pant. The Indian wicket-keeper is currently recovering from injuries suffered in a near-fatal car crash in December.
Rishabh Pant met with a car mishap and was hospitalized after surviving the life-threatening accident while he was returning from Delhi to Uttarakhand in December last year. India Today reported that Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar told that Pant was driving his BMW car that caught fire after hitting the divider at the Narsan border.
Pant claimed he lost control of the car after falling asleep while driving, according to the Director General of Police in Uttarakhand. Rishabh Pant was alone in the car at the time of the accident and broke a window to escape.
David Warner set to replace Rishabh Pant as captain
It is learnt that Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting and the management found Warner a perfect fit ahead of Axar Patel, who vice-captained the team last year having previously led his former franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden IPL crown in 2016.
This marks the second time Warner will lead Capitals, having been the interim captain for a couple of matches during the last year of his first stint with the franchise between 2009 and 2013 (Delhi Daredevils back then).
Warner was bought by Sunrirsers Hyderabad in 2014 and appointed the captain a year later. In 2016, Warner took Sunrisers to the title. Warner is the joint-fifth most successful captain, in terms of matches won: in 69 matches he led, Warner’s teams won 35, lost 32, and tied two matches.