Delhi Capitals is one of the best franchises in IPL currently. They have shown remarkable consistency in recent years, becoming the only team to qualify for the playoffs every time since 2018. A big part of that success also goes to Ricky Ponting, who has groomed young talent so that they can express themselves on the field in the best possible way. Now, for the new season, with new talent on board, Ricky Ponting is familiarizing himself with them. He asked them to keep their door open, so that he can enter, have some snacks with them, and get to know them better.
Many budding youngsters have been signed by DC this season. Some of the big names are Yash Dhull, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sarfaraz Khan and Chetan Sakariya. In a video shared on DC’s official social media handle, Ponting revealed how he’s working to get to know his team better, which helps to understand how they function. A quick look at DC’s squad will tell you that they are one of the youngest teams in this edition of TATA IPL.
Ponting wants to get close to his players as quickly as he can
“You heard what I said earlier on. It’s ‘Boys when you are in your room keep your doors open, get to know each other. I am going to have a lot of breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee with all the younger guys I don’t know to get to know them as quickly as I can.
“When you do that, I think as a coach or even as a senior player, when you show that sort of love towards the younger guys, you know that they are going to give it back. That’s what I’d be endeavoring to do over the next few days, James (Hopes, fast-bowling coach) will do the same, Shane Watson (assistant coach) is in a couple of days, Ajit (Agarkar, assistant coach) is here, will be out of quarantine soon. So as a coaching group, we’ve got to get close to players as quickly as we can.
“Absolutely, that’s what you expect from younger guys, you know, and I’ll make sure that they bring that every day because through the middle part of the IPL and at the back end, when everybody starts to get a little tired and run down, you need some of that energy to bring the older guys up. We’ve got three or four guys in the nineteens; if they can’t do it then for me at 47, I am not going to be able to do it!”