Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting made no qualms about his team’s loss against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). Chasing a target of 163 runs, Delhi Capitals started the chase on a poor note as they lost Prithvi Shaw early. Ponting mentioned that at least one of the batsmen from the top-order should have scored 60-70 odd runs.
Captain Shreyas Iyer looked out of touch as he scored 17 runs off 21 deliveries, Shikhar Dhawan got to a start but failed to convert it while Rishabh Pant once again failed to show patience at the crease. Ponting also admitted that his side were outplayed by SRH and his side was far from being at their best.
“I don’t think the conditions were that different. The grounds are bigger, there are bigger square boundaries here. (But) At the end of the day, we were just outplayed by Sunrisers Hyderabad. We were a little bit off from our absolute best.
“SRH had good top-order partnerships and they rotated the strike well, and a few of them made big scores. So that was the difference in the game,” said Ponting in the post-match press conference.
“If one of those guys make a big score (60 or 70+), then we probably win the game.”
Ponting is an extraordinary mind to have in the dressing room. Delhi Capitals players are reaping benefits from his time at the franchise as head coach. His impact on the team has also been quick as Delhi Capitals, studded with some young talents, went on to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in seven years in the last season of IPL.
Delhi Capitals will look to better their performance further in the upcoming season and Australia’s most successful coach Ricky Ponting is doing the best he can. The franchise CEO Dhiraj Malhotra said Ponting is an inspirational figure and a motivating person to be around. He also added that Ponting starts the training with a small speech which gives goosebumps to everyone.