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Gautam Gambhir removed as Delhi captain, young Rishabh Pant his successor

Gautam Gambhir will not captain Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy - the national one-dayer cricket championship. He will be succeeded by Rishabh Pant, who recently made his India debut in T20Is

cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2017 20:21 IST
Gautam Gambhir,Rishabh Pant,Delhi
Gautam Gambhir was the long-standing captain of Delhi senior state team(HT Photo)

Young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been named the captain of the Delhi One day team replacing Gautam Gambhir signalling a change of guard in senior state team.

It was learnt that chairman of selection committee Atul Wasan personally spoke to Gambhir to inform him about the decision of the selection committee.

“Frankly Vijay Hazare is the last tournament of the season and this was an ideal opportunity for us to see who is the best candidate to lead the state side. We were not finding anyone all these years who could replace Gautam,” former India spinner and current Delhi selector Nikhil Chopra said.

“The Hazare Trophy gives us opportunity to test Rishabh’ s captaincy skills and with Gautam and other seniors around, he will get ample guidance from Gautam. Obviously Atul has spoken to Gautam and he has been taken into confidence,” said Chopra.

The 21-year-old Pant has recently made his senior India debut in T20 format against England.

First Published: Feb 10, 2017 09:25 IST