Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (Image Credits: Twitter)

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting will be back in the team dugout for their next game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

Ponting missed the Rajasthan Royals clash after a family member returned positive for the COVID-19 virus just hours before the start of the match.

Although Ponting tested negative for the contagious disease the Australian underwent five-day isolation period as a precautionary measure and hence missed the Royals match.

I broke three or four remote controls and a few bottles of water: Ricky Ponting

In Ponting’s absence, there were a lot of dramatic scenes folded up in the final over of the match.

With 36 runs needed in the final over of the game, Delhi Capitals batter Rovman Powell smashed West Indies teammate Obed McCoy for three sixes to get the equation down to 18 runs off three deliveries.

However, the Delhi Capitals dugout fumed over the waist height full toss on the third ball not being called for no-ball. Pant seemed livid with the umpire’s decision to not check with the third umpire and signalled Powell and Kuldeep Yadav to return back with Amre running into the pitch to have a word with the onfield officials.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image: Twitter)

Ponting admitted that he was frustrated for not being on the field during the thrilling match against RR. The Capitals head coach also mentioned he broke remote controls of the hotel room and banged water bottles on the wall.

“It was frustrating. I think I broke three or four remote controls and a few bottles of water might have got thrown into the walls and things like that (laughs). When you’re on the side-lines, being a coach and you can’t control what’s happening out in the middle, that’s hard enough, but when you’re not actually at the ground, it can get a little more frustrating,” Ponting told Delhi Capitals in a video uploaded on the latter’s YouTube channel. 

We’ve got to stay upbeat and positive: Ricky Ponting

Delhi Capitals are currently placed seventh in the points table with three wins and four losses in seven games. Ponting said his team will have to stay motivated to turn the tables of the tournament.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (Image Credits: IPL)

“I know we’re so close to turning it all around. We’ve all got to trust, we’ve got to believe, we’ve got to stay upbeat and positive. And if we are, things will definitely change for us,” he said. 

DC will play their next game against KKR on Thursday (April 28) at  the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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