IPL 2020: The Delhi Capitals coach, Ricky Ponting will be eyeing the overseas fast bowlers
The Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach, Ricky Ponting has recently met the members of the management to discuss the targets of the team for the upcoming IPL season. He said that the overseas fast bowlers would be the centre of attraction at the IPL 2020 auction.
The former Australian cricketer said that the Delhi-based franchise has been discussing all the plans and deliberating potential targets for IPL 2020. However, the former international cricketer said that regardless of all the preparations, IPL auctions always have a surprise element.
“We’ve had several discussions over the last few months, and have put in a lot of time and effort to make sure that we’re well prepared,” Ponting said.
“You can do all the planning in the world, but at the auction table, the unpredictable always happens.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have over the years changed their game tactics and have included some quality players in their team. The 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) went with so far the best results for the franchise who ended up as the third-best team.
“The semi-final loss against Chennai was disappointing of course. But we played some great cricket, and even now, about 7-8 months after the tournament, I feel like there were times when we were the best team in the competition.
“I just remember how much fun everybody had. It was a totally different environment than most other IPLs that I have been a part of. The idea is to recreate that atmosphere and culture with our new and existing bunch of players.”
Ponting: ‘Going to be a lot of focus and attention on fast bowlers’
In the meantime, Ponting said that there is going to be a lot of focus on the fast bowlers, especially the overseas pacers. Whereas, to him personally, all-rounders are more interesting. Ponting suggested a few foreign cricketers’ names who are likely to be bid for more value in the auction on the 19th December.
“There’s going to be a lot of focus and attention on fast bowlers, overseas ones in particular,” the former Australian captain said.
“Pat Cummins could go for big money, as could Chris Woakes. All-rounders are always interesting in my opinion. Players like Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme could all be big picks.”
Regarded for his witty mind on the field, Ponting said that it is important for a team to realise their weak points and then accordingly chalk out the needed players.
“Going into the auction you have to be very specific about the kind of players you need,” he said.
“For instance, we’ve got three openers, so we don’t need to look for one. You need to identify the problem areas in your starting eleven, and essentially plug the gaps.”
Delhi Capitals have recently added Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane from the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Last year, they grabbed Shikhar Dhawan through the trade window while they picked Ishant Sharma during the IPL 2019 auctions last year.
Delhi Capitals will go into the December 19 auction in Kolkata with a purse of Rs 27.85 crore and 11 available slots, including five overseas players.
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