Delhi Capitals crashed out of the Indian Premier League after losing to Mumba Indians in their last game. Head coach Ricky Ponting came out to review their season and find reasons why Delhi was unable to make the play-offs this season.
Questions were raised about Rishabh Pant’s captaincy and attitude during IPL 2022. (Courtesy: PTI)
- Delhi Capitals has had a turbulent season with injuries, Covid-19 and other illnesses
- Delhi Capitals lost their match against Mumbai Indians and failed to qualify
- Ricky Ponting said Rishabh Pant has a lot to learn about captaincy
Delhi Capitals were eliminated from the 2022 Indian Premier League after losing their last league game against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, May 21. Delhi was taken apart by a Tim David knock in the final overs of the game. The blame fell on captain Rishabh Pant after the game as social media users pointed out that the Delhi captain’s first pitch against David, who had nicked the ball to the keeper in his first-ever ball of the innings, failed to respond to a crucial DRS call.
However, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting said Pant was the right person to lead the team and he has done a fantastic job since he took on the role. Pant was forced to take on the captain’s armband after Shreyas Iyer broke his collarbone and had to be out for most of the 2021 season.
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“Absolutely, I have no doubt that even in the last season, Rishabh was the right choice as captain. Rishabh has done a great job with the team after taking over from Shreyas (Iyer) after injuring his shoulders,” said Ponting during the press conference.
“He is only a young man and still learning captaincy. Being captain of a T20 team, especially in IPL which is a high pressure tournament is not an easy thing to do and unfortunately everything you do will be scrutinized. He is definitely got my full support,” added Ponting.
“He can learn a lot and try to keep things simple. He has a great mind, he reads the game well from behind and such fumbles can happen and it is important not to doubt yourself. He will come back strong,” he said. poning. said he agreed that Delhi had not properly closed the game.
The legendary Australian delved further into the kind of season DC had in the IPL and said it was a tough campaign mostly because of the kind of season they had.
“We’ve had a pretty interrupted season with Covid and injuries and other illnesses. It’s been one of those seasons with ups and downs, a disjointed season,” the coach said.
Delhi had multiple Covid-19 outbreaks in their camp and was forced to lack an ideal playing combination after players like Prithvi Shaw and Axar Patel were forced to sit out due to illness and injury respectively.
Ponting concluded by saying that he is looking forward to coming back next season with Pant as captain and there were several positives to the campaign that they could build on.