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Ryan Harris believes “natural leader” Rishabh Pant can lead the Delhi Capitals to India’s first Premier League title.

Pant was named Capitals captain last month after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament for a shoulder injury.

The Indian sensation Pant has emerged as one of the most dangerous hitters in the world and will launch the IPL in extraordinary form, after performing a brutal treatment according to the English test and limited attacks.

Harris saw Panta’s captaincy powers while he was a bowling coach in Delhi for their ride to the IPL 2020 finals, which they lost to the Mumbai Indians.

The former Australian paceman says the 23-year-old goalkeeper-striker could advance to skipper responsibilities.

He told Stats Perform News: “Obviously it’s a blow to lose Shreyas, but Rishabh is a natural leader and a big competitor.

“He was already leading a lot when I was in Dubai last year for the tournament. There were times when Shreyas was on the field, so Rishabh then took responsibility.

“He’s a bit talkative and open-minded. He’s not something he’s going to blind and he’s going to like it.

“Rishabh is a natural leader, a popular member of the team and was an obvious choice to step up as captain, and he should be massive in confidence after brilliant performances against Australia and England.”

The Capitals will once again have a strong attack in bowling, and South African duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will stay alongside Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Harris feels this could be the year for Delhi, who also recruited prolific Australian striker Steve Smith, to claim the elusive first IPL crown.

“They have some of the best fast bowlers in the world on that team and if they can stay in shape, they can have a really good tournament again,” he said.

“Rabada and Nortje were outstanding last year, and they added Tom Curran. Ashwin and [Amit] Mishra are great spin options, and the kicking lineup is strong, so they have a good chance. “

The Capitals face Chennai Super Kings in their first match of the tournament on Saturday.

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