Delhi Capitals (DC) have finally hovered its struggles out of the equation with its magnificent performance thus far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Delhi-based franchise, who have never won the IPL trophy, has won seven of the eleven games played in the tournament and with a fabulous tally of 14 points in the baggage, the Shreyas Iyer-led team is very much comfortably placed to book a berth in the playoffs that too for the first time.
Starting from the last over thriller against KKR — when Kagiso Rabada shined in Delhi’s victory in the Super over — to this day where they defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs the franchise has come a long way. And since then they’ve only lost one game, to the Mumbai Indians. And the batters have come a long way too.
We have players who can turn it around
Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant finally showed his worth, smashing a brilliant 78-run match-winning knock to steer his team home in the recent game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). During a recent conversation, Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting also heaped praises on the youngster and stated that the investments are finally paying off. Ponting was confident that Pant will also come good in the upcoming games and help the team in winning its first IPL title.
“Players like Rishabh might have had certain thoughts about World Cup selection, but to be honest, that 78 not out in the first match against Mumbai got us the win. I’m glad he found form again against RR, and what you want from players like him in such a tournament is that they win you three or four matches each throughout the season, and he has won two games for us so far, and if he remains in form, he can get a couple of more wins,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying by India Today.
You need to keep backing them
Ponting revealed that many questions have been raised regarding players being dropped in some of the matches. He stated that it is very important to back the talented players even in the worst of situations. The head coach also mentioned that they have players who have the ability to turn things pretty quickly.
“There have been questions asked about where we should have dropped certain players in some matches, but I believe when you have talented players in your squad, you just keep backing them. We have players who can turn it around quite quickly as it takes just one inning or match to get going in a tournament like this,” the Delhi Capitals head coach added.