One of those seasons, which really went for Delhi Capitals in a nice way. They have started the season on a bright note and almost sealed the place in the top 2 of the points table before the NRR saw them down to third. Then they played CSK in the Qualifier-2, which was one of the bad outings for Shreyas Iyer-led side.
Speaking of the loss, Shreyas Iyer quoted that the initial few overs hasn’t gone down well for the team, which saw them lacking behind in the game. Further, speaking of his own dismissal, Shreyas Iyer quoted that it was his miscalculation, which made his fall prey in the middle.
Explaining his dismissal, Iyer quoted that he would initially take time before going for the big strokes for the team. He felt that Imran Tahir was the right person to start his attacking game but unfortunately, failed to make things happen.
“I thought that if I play a few balls and take time, it doesn’t matter because I can capitalise later on. And I have done that in the past. I was taking my time and I thought Imran’s over was to go for. It was right in the slot but I just mistimed it and we started losing wickets from there again. So it was a miscalculation which happened and it was a bad day for us,” explained the captain.
I am really proud of the way we played – Shreyas Iyer
Further, he expressed his delight for the team, who did brilliant enough to make things fall in place for the team. The young unit has done incredibly well to finish on the third in the tournament.
”In the league phase, we did amazing. Last season was really disappointing for us and the way we came out this year, everybody took that initiative and responsibility until this game. Off the field also, we have gelled as a team and now it’s time to grow from here on. I am really proud of the way we played this season. We’ve got a lot more to come next season,” he added.
On Ricky Ponting’s influence on the team:
Speaking of Ricky Ponting, he said that the Australian has been a good coach, who judges the calibre of a player. He also revealed that Ponting has helped to motivate players, which really worked in favour of the team. He also showered words of praise for making it easy for the youngsters to discuss with him.
“Ponting is definitely a legend. Whenever he talks in the dressing room, no one has to talk after that. Because if someone does that, it’s of no use. The way he talks, it’s just like a song or a rap. He’s got that flow and he’s been doing it for 20 years,” Iyer said in a post-match press conference.
Speaking from the youngster’s point of view, he believes that the presence of Ponting has helped them to the core by understanding what they wanted at the right time.
“As youngsters, we are really happy and lucky to have him as our coach. The positivity that he spreads, the freedom that he gives to every player is something out of the box. That’s what we need as youngsters. We need someone to support us and back us. That’s what we get from Ricky,” said Iyer.
However, it was a brilliant season for Delhi Capitals. They have ended on a decent note by standing at third in the tournament. With the age on their side, Delhi Capitals will head into the next year edition of the Indian Premier League with experienced lads on their side.