IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals' Australian And Other Foreign Players Not Thinking About Travel Ban, Says Ricky Ponting
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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Australian And Other Foreign Players Not Thinking About Travel Ban, Says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting has said that Australian and foreign players of the Delhi Capitals were not thinking much about the travel ban and instead of talking about the sufferings of the people outside the bio-bubble.

Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting has talked about the hardship India is facing due to the second wave of coronavirus pandemic in the country. In the post-match press conference after the team’s 1-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday, the legendary Australian expressed his solidarity with millions in India fighting against the deadly virus.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

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Due to the rapid increase in the number of positive cases in India, Australia suspended all direct flights from India till May 15. The decision can affect the Australian players, commentators, and coaching staff in the IPL 2021 but Ricky Ponting said that overseas players in his team were not thinking much about it and rather worried about what was going outside in the “struggling” Indian society.

Marcus Stoinis (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL)
Marcus Stoinis (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL)

Ricky Ponting also hoped that the IPL matches are providing people outside the team bio-bubble reprieve in these tough times. Notably, Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis among many other star overseas players feature in the Delhi Capitals team.

“It’s really a strange feeling among our team right now. We are very much aware of what is happening outside. In fact, throughout India at the moment. Our heart goes out to every single person who is struggling with COVID-19 in Indian society.

It’s affecting us, and we saw one of our players Ravichandran Ashwin leave the side to be with his family. We are talking more about it maybe more than most team are.”

“There were other revelations last night and today about what decisions the Australian government has made regarding Australian players in India.

“There’s no doubt that there have been a few distractions along the way. The travel side for us Australians and foreign players that are here are only a very small part of what we are thinking about, what we are talking about.

“On a daily basis, we are thinking about what’s going on outside and understand how blessed we are to turn out (and play the IPL). Hopefully, there are several people around India that enjoyed a great game of IPL tonight,” Ricky Ponting said.

Delhi Capitals have won 4 out of their 6 matches in the season and are placed third on the points table. The Rishabh Pant-led team will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday.

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On Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that their two Australian recruits Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have decided to withdraw midway through the season due to personal reasons. Their withdrawal came after Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Andrew Tye too left IPL 2021 midway for fear of being locked out which has left Rajasthan Royals with 4 overseas players instead of the original 8.

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that all direct passenger flights from India will be suspended until May 15. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin announced that he would be taking a break from the ongoing IPL season as he wants to extend support to his family who is currently battling Covid-19.

Ravichandran Ashwin played the match against SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Sunday and after the game, he took to Twitter to announce that he would be taking a break from the ongoing IPL.

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