Delhi Capitals fast bowler Anrich Nortje has lauded the benefits of having someone like Ricky Ponting in their dressing room as the head coach.
Anrich Nortje, who was Man of the Match against SRH for returning with figures of 2/12, said that Ponting has been clear about what he expects from his players and explains the plans in detail to them.
Delhi reached their maiden final last season under the coaching of the former Australian skipper, but lost to Mumbai Indians. This year they are on top of the table and are a strong contender to finally lift their first IPL title.
“It’s great having Ricky Ponting in our camp. I love his chats and he breaks things down very nicely and makes everything easy to understand,” Anrich Nortje said in a DC press release.
“He’s quite clear on what he wants. I am trying to learn as much as possible from him. We enjoy working with him and hopefully, we can grow as a unit with him.”
I don’t think about bowling speeds on the field: Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje has been sensational since his debut in the IPL last season. He picked 22 wickets last year but didn’t get to play a single game in the India leg this year.
As the tournament returned to the UAE, the Protea speedster was re-united with Kagiso Rabada and both bamboozled the SRH batsmen.
Anrich Nortje, who bowled the fast delivery last season, talked about his high pace – something which, he said, he doesn’t pay heed to when coming on to bowl.
“I don’t think about bowling speeds on the field but I do think about it when I am doing my strength training. High speed is not something I search for on the field. I just try to hit the right lengths while bowling during a game,” the 27-year-old added.
The Capitals defeated SRH by 8 wickets and climbed to the top of the table with 14 points. The Capitals next travel to Abu Dhabi where they will meet Rajasthan Royals on Saturday afternoon.