IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting Has Given Delhi Capitals' Players Freedom To Express Themselves, Says Shimron Hetmyer
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IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting Has Given Delhi Capitals’ Players Freedom To Express Themselves, Says Shimron Hetmyer

Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)

Shimron Hetmyer, batsman of Delhi Capitals said that head coach Ricky Ponting gives each player on the side complete freedom to express themselves after table-toppers  Delhi registered a seven-wicket win over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Shikhar Dhawan played a knock of 69 runs as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer (left) Pic: IPLT20.COM
Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer (left) Pic: IPLT20.COM

Shimron Hetmyer: Ricky Ponting Has Helped In Terms Of Positivity And Gives Everyone The Freedom To Express Themselves

Along with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw also played a quickfire knock of 39 runs. For Punjab Kings, Chris Jordon, Harpreet Brar, and Riley Meredith returned with one wicket each.

“I have been here for just two seasons, from being here for two years, Ricky Ponting has helped in terms of positivity. He has given everyone the freedom to express themselves in the best possible fashion. He is always there to back you and push you to do your best. That is one of the things I like about him,” said Shimron Hetmyer while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.

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

Shimron Hetmyer heaped praises on his coach Ricky Ponting for giving everyone the freedom to express themselves in the best way possible, adding “that is the one thing I like about him”.

Shimron Hetmyer Having The Chances To Finish Off The Games In IPL 2021

With this win, Delhi Capitals has moved to the first spot in the points table with 12 points from 8 games while Punjab Kings remain in sixth place with six points.

Shimron Hetmyer also talked about finishing games for Delhi. He said that this year he is getting a lot of chances to go out and bat freely, which he did not get much last year because “guys at the top were batting really well”. He added that most of the guys in the IPL have played international matches, which makes it easy for them to adjust to the conditions, adding that it’s all about assessing those conditions and playing accordingly.

“This year really, it’s knowing that I have the backing of the team really. It’s like being comfortable and being in an environment where everyone is your friend, it is just about expressing yourself.

“I am not thinking too much about the past years. Last year it was just a matter of the guys doing well at the top, so I was not getting that many chances but this year, it’s probably the same, but I am having the chances to finish off the games,” said Hetmyer.

When asked whether it’s a challenge to adjust to different venues this IPL, Hetmyer said: “I do not think it is that challenging because everyone who is playing in the IPL has played international cricket before so they are able to adjust. It is about going out there and assessing the conditions and playing accordingly.”

“The things I have learned here, I try to implement that into my game. I try to be more consistent, in the West Indies team I bat a little higher so there is a little more responsibility in that case,” he added.

Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal played an unbeaten knock of 99 runs as Punjab Kings posted a score of 166/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Along with Mayank Agarwal, England star Dawid Malan also chipped in with a knock of 26 runs playing his first IPL match. For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada returned with three wickets.

Shimron Hetmyer has played IPL since 2019. He has played 23 matches amassing 359 runs averaging 25.64. In IPL 2021, he averages a staggering 84 having scored exactly 84 runs in 6 games as he has been unbeaten on 5 occasions. The left-handed batsman, who had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019, made his way to Delhi Capitals after being bought for INR 7.75 crores for the IPL 2020.