Delhi Capitals, who are at the top of the points table with 12 points from eight matches by virtue of six wins and two losses but have been a tough side to beat in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and head coach Ricky Ponting wants to continue the winning momentum in the second half of the tournament.
The Shreyas Iyer-led side is currently at the top of the points table with 12 points, and their head coach Ricky Ponting feels that focus should remain intact as things can quickly turn around in the IPL especially in later stages. The Delhi Capitals have won 6 matches against RR twice, RCB, KKR, CSK and KXIP in Super Over while losing against SRH and MI.
Ricky Ponting On Delhi Capitals:
Things are looking bright for Delhi Capitals as they hope to claim their first IPL title in 2020, but injury concerns have plagued them.
Amit Mishra, the 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL history and veteran pacer Ishant Sharma was ruled out after sustaining an injury after playing a few matches. Ravichandran Ashwin has recovered from injury, but Rishabh Pant was advised a week’s rest and is under observation.
“Yes, things are looking good at this stage of the season, but I’m never the one to try and look too far ahead because I know how quickly the IPL can turn around. So we’ll keep a lid on things, and I still think we’re six wins from eight games, but probably haven’t played our best cricket yet either,” Ponting said in a release issued by Delhi Capitals’
“One thing I’ve been telling the boys right from the start of this tournament is that I want us playing our best cricket in the back half of the tournament, not necessarily in the front half of the tournament,” the former Australian skipper added.
“So we’ll keep working towards that and towards the perfect game, but right now there’s a really good feel around the group and when you have that along with a good (team) environment, you tend to win a lot of games.” Ponting further said.
Delhi Capitals are led by Shreyas Iyer and boosts of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Shimron Hetmyer in batting line-up. At the same time, bowlers and allrounders are Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma and Anrich Nortje, to name a few.
Players like Daniel Sams, Lalith Yadav, Tushar Deshpande, Alex Carey, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan have got limited opportunities but may play later in IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals Players Should Keep Fighting To Win Games Which They Are Unlikely To Win: Ricky Ponting
“We put in a lot of hard work, and you know, all that planning and preparation comes down to what the boys do on match day, so I do get pretty heavily involved – but last time (against RR) more so because we started the game really poorly – lost a wicket off the first ball and Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) got out soon after,” said the head coach.
Tushar Deshpande who is 25 years of age and a right-arm medium pacer also bowled the final over as RR needed 22 runs to win and the seamer just conceded 9 runs, to give Delhi Capitals a comfortable victory.
This was Tushar Deshpande’s first match ever in IPL. On the other hand, Kagiso Rabada who leads the wicket-takers list with 18 wickets in 8 matches averaging 13.39 finished with the figures of 1-28 from his four overs.
“One thing I’ve been telling the boys is – if you can just keep yourselves in the game, and keep fighting then we might be able to pull some wins out of games which we probably shouldn’t win – against RR was one such game,” said Ricky Ponting.
“I just love seeing the boys fight like that for every win because as we know, in the IPL, (it) is not easy to win games, so to pinch a game like that was a great result for the boys,” added the 45-year-old,” he added.
Delhi Capitals will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their next match on Saturday 17th October.