After experiencing its third loss in five games in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting reckons his squad must strengthen in all parts of the game.
DC was defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday night, putting them in the bottom half of the IPL standings with only four points.
Ponting believes it’s past time for DC to start playing as a cohesive team in all parts of the game.
“We haven’t batted at full strength yet. Mitchell Marsh made his debut and arguably didn’t quite fit the game’s tempo. In the middle order, Rovman Powell has yet to fire. So we’ll have to fix a few things, as well as what we planned to do during the tournament “At the post-match press conference, Ponting stated.
“With both the bat and the ball, there is room for growth. We’ve been blasted out of the park in just a few overs. We must improve in all areas of the game.” The appropriate team mix, according to Ricky Ponting, will be critical for DC in their forthcoming games.
Top-order batters to stand up and take more responsibility: Ricky Ponting
The former Australia skipper urged his upper batsmen to rise to the occasion and shoulder supervisory roles. “We want the lads to have the best chance to make huge runs,” said the batting icon. “Batting in the top four in T20 gives you the most chance to make big scores.”
“We need to look at all parts of our game, pick the correct team, and those 11 players we chose need to stand up and get the job done,” the coach stated.
“Prithvi Shaw is already performing well, but we know what will happen if one of the top four goes on to make a big score of 80 or more, which hasn’t occurred for us yet.”
Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, was very impressed with Kuldeep Yadav’s performance thus far in the competition, claiming that the left-arm spinner is flourishing in the DC environment.
At Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, DC was defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs.