Rishabh PantThe Delhi Capitals captain’s on-field decisions during the ongoing IPL may be under the scrutiny of former players, but the manager has the “full backing” of the head coach. Ricky Ponting, who said it was “very easy to make judgments from the outside”. Under Pant, DC have won just five of the 11 games they’ve played so far, including a 91-time win at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Pant’s bowling changes and the selection of bowlers at key stages of the game were criticized by old players such as Virender Sehwag.
But Ponting, the former captain of the Australia and Mumbai Indians, said he fully supports every decision Pant makes on the field.
“I fully support every decision he (Pant) makes on the pitch. I was the former T20 captain, I know you don’t have a lot of time to think, especially under extreme pressure.” Ponting said. conference after DC’s 91st loss to CSK.
“It can be easy to make judgments from the outside but trust me when you’re in the middle it’s not an easy thing to do.” Speaking more about a captain’s decision-making process, the legendary hitter said: “A captain makes decisions in very short time and the decision he makes that he thinks is the best for him. team at certain time of the match.
“He takes things like line size and hitter into account when making decisions.” However, he admitted that his team underperformed in all parts of the game in their loss to CSK.
“Our bowling wasn’t very efficient, likewise, our batting was very poor. Not many positives to get out of the game. The only positives were Khaleel Ahmedhe was brilliant with the ball again,” Ponting said.
“To lose 91 runs, it would reduce our net run rate. That means we need to have a really strong recovery in the next game.” Ponting said DC could still make it to the playoffs with wins in all three remaining games.
“We think we can get into the playoffs with three wins. Eight wins might be enough to get in and a big win could help increase our net run rate. Who knows them. I can get to the finals.
“That’s what we can think of, what happened has happened and we want to look to the future and find a rebound after a bad performance.” DC has been facing issues related to COVID-19 with a positive fruit test for the virus shortly before Sunday’s CSK game. Several players and their support staff, as well as family members of Ponting, also contracted the virus last month.
“It’s not an excuse for us. It’s not the first time we’ve faced it on match day. In one of the previous games against the Punjab Kings we had to deal with it. the same thing and ended up winning that match. comfortably,” he said.
“We’re going to make excuses and find solutions to the problems we’re having. Although it’s not the ideal preparation, we should have played better cricket. At the end of the day we let the game go. Disappointed body.”
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