The head coach of Delhi Capitals (DC), Ricky Ponting believes that the new recruit of the franchise, Alex Carey is likely to give several victorious innings in the upcoming edition. The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman has recently given an amazing performance in the on-going Big Bash League (BBL 2019/20). The upcoming edition will be Carey’s first edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2020 auction held in Kolkata had been very eventful with the big bids made by the franchises. Many big names were bought for the low prices while many went unsold. However, it had been a day for the Australian cricketers who were most sold at the IPL 2020 auction.
Carey’s way in Delhi Capitals had been intriguing as initially Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were involved in a bidding war over the young Aussie cricketer. Entering with a base price of 50 lakhs, the limited-overs cricketer was then roped by DC for 2.40 crores.
Ponting: If ever Rishabh Pant gets injured, then Carey can obviously fill the role
Talking about the new recruit, Ponting said that with his “good cricket brain” Carey would help DC get several big games in the future. In the recently concluded BBL match, Carey came to bat at number four and ended up hitting 55 off of 24 balls for Adelaide Strikers. Ponting, who was watching the match from the television commentary box, was impressed with the way Carey planted his strikes in his knock.
“This role that he’s playing now is the exact reason he became so appealing to me and the Delhi Capitals,” Ponting was quoted by www.cricket.com.au while commentating from Adelaide Oval on Monday night.
“He’s a good player of spin, and he’s got such a good cricket brain and a sensible head on his shoulders that I feel he’ll be able to get us across the line in a lot of games (next) year.”
Furthermore, the 28-year-old Carey is a wicketkeeper-batsman and he could be a very handy replacement if the current keeper of DC Rishabh Pant gets injured.
“And also if we have an injury to our current wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant, then obviously he can fill that role nicely for us as well.”
With the 13th edition of IPL being his first season, the head coach and the former World Cup-winning skipper of Australia is excited to watch him in action in the upcoming season.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’ve got a big smile on my face thinking about it. It’s one of those tournaments you really want to be part of, as is the Big Bash, and I see those as probably the big two in the world,” he added.
Delhi Capitals have a total of eight overseas players in their 22-member squad. The franchise purchased five overseas players, where the West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer was bought for team’s maximum of 7.75 Cr. The team also bought Marcus Stoinis, Jason Roy, and Chris Woakes.