The head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals (DC) Ricky Ponting has said he will be aiming at bringing all the DC players back in the squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
The sensational Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 journey of Delhi Capitals (DC) ended in the Qualifier 2 encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Notably, the Eoin Morgan-led side defeated Rishabh Pant and co. by 3 wickets in a nail-biting encounter to qualify for the final of the tournament.
Meanwhile, during the post-match press conference, Ricky Ponting stated that he would like to retain every Delhi Capitals (DC) player ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction because he has enjoyed working with the “terrific group of people”. Delhi Capitals Head Coach asserted:
“I would like to keep everyone, to be honest. We have got this terrific group of people at the Delhi Capitals. The playing staff and the coaches have done an amazing job for the last couple of seasons and I think our performances so to speak for themselves,”
“Disappointed that this season has finished the way that it has, but yeah obviously we know that we will probably only be able to retain maybe three or four players.”
“So a lot of players will go back into the auction and then I’ll be doing everything I can certainly to bring as many people back into the Delhi Capitals family as possible. Because, as I said, it’s been an incredibly enjoyable last three seasons really for me and this playing group, and to bring everyone or most of the guys back together again will certainly be a big goal of mine,” he added.
Today Really Is The Only Game That I Feel That We’ve Been Outplayed – Ricky Ponting On Match Against KKR
The legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting mentioned that Qualifier 2 game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) according to him is the only game in the season where the team was outplayed. Pointing stated:
“To be totally honest, looking back at this whole season, I think today really is the only game that I feel that we’ve been outplayed in,“
Pointing expressed his disappointment in the batting of Delhi Capitals in the crucial encounter against KKR. He said:
“We didn’t bat well enough today, we didn’t get enough runs in the powerplay, we lost wickets too regularly through the middle of our batting innings. If it wasn’t for Hetmyer and Shreyas at the end, we weren’t looking anywhere near 130 odd, so we’ve been outplayed and we’ll talk about that when we make it back into the rooms after. It’s disappointing for us certainly to finish the way that we have,” he added.
Ricky Ponting signed off by saying that Delhi Capitals was unable to utilise the powerplay overs and they were few runs short. The Aussie legend said:
“I think the powerplays in both innings was probably the difference in the game. I don’t think we got enough in our powerplay with the bat,”
“I think we were 37 (38) at the end of our powerplay, which is probably, you know, 8 to 10 runs short of where we wanted to be and what the sort of par score is on this sort of wicket,”