SA20 2023: Phil Salt can be fine replacement for Rishabh Pant in Delhi Capitals for IPL 2023, asserts Pragyan Ojha

Delhi Capitals acquired the services of Salt for INR 2 crore in the recently concluded player auction.

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Former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha has picked up wicketkeeper-batter Philip Salt as a perfect replacement for the Delhi Capitals for the upcoming IPL 2023 scheduled in March. Salt displayed a stunning performance against Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the ongoing SA20 and Ojha has backed him for IPL 2023 after the same.

Pragyan's comments come in the wake of the fact that Rishabh Pant has been ruled out of cricketing action at least till the IPL as the star India cricketer is still recovering from multiple injuries suffered in a horrific car accident on December 30, 2022.

Salt can definitely fit into the role: Pragyan Ojha backs English player ahead of IPL 2023

Speaking on Match Centre Live, Viacom18 Sports expert Pragyan Ojha weighed in on how important a resource a player like Phil Salt can be for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.

“The most important thing is when you talk about their sister franchise the situation that they are in they would need someone like Salt to keep and deliver the way he’s delivered here. And I think all these think tanks will be looking at him as a resource where he can come in and fix those puzzles which they have a small gap," the 36-year-old said.

In the ongoing SA20, Pretoria Capitals secured a dominating win over Sunrisers Eastern Cape on the back of Salt's monstrous 77* off 47 deliveries that took them to a competitive total of 193. Apart from playing for Pretoria, Salt, who plays for England and was a member of the T20 World Cup winning team last year, will also be featuring for Delhi Capitals, who have acquired his services for INR 2 crore in the mini-player auction in December 2022.

Pragyan also expressed his pleasure on Anrich Nortje's performance, “He’s been bowling quick and if you see the way he’s been bowling attacking those stumps, he’s trying to be disciplined and see the way he was mixing up the pace. He bowled those knuckle deliveries. When you are bowling at 150 and then suddenly coming back to 120-125 that difference really troubles you. And Nortje has been there, he’s been doing that in and out and he knows with those scores on the board it gives you that much cushion to even experiment more and more bowled.”

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