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Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 of IPL

Harpal Singh Bedi

Delhi Capitals’ Head Coach Ricky Ponting speaks to batsman Prithvi

New Delhi: The Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw has promised a strong comeback in qualifier 2 saying ” I really believe that we can do something special in the next match and go through to the IPL Final.”

Delhi Capitals suffered a four-wicket loss in a close encounter against the Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 of the IPL in Dubai on Sunday.

The dashing batsman admitted that this loss is a tough one to digest for the team,

“At the moment, we have to back each other. The entire team takes the responsibility for our performance, whether we win or lose. We’ll try and come back stronger in the next match.” he said

“It’s a tough loss to digest for the team. However, we have one more match through which we can qualify for the Final and I believe in each and everyone in the team. They are all great players – talent and skill-wise. I really believe that we can do something special in the next match and go through to the Final.” Prithvi Shaw was quoted as saying by the Delhi Capitals in their press release from Dubai

He lavished praise on MS Dhoni for his blistering 6 -ball 18 runs innings, “Dhoni is something different, everyone knows that. We have seen him finish games so many times and it’s nothing new for him or for us to see him do that.

“He’s definitely a dangerous player whenever he bats. I feel very lucky to be in this atmosphere and get a chance to watch him as a batsman and a leader. He took the game away from us.”

Shaw, who played a brilliant knock of 60 runs from 34 balls, felt that he should have batted for a longer time, “I am happy with my knock, but I feel I should have played a longer inning. This is a lesson for me. When I am in the same situation again, I’ll try to bat for a longer time.”

The Delhi Capitals will take on the winner of the Eliminator match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Wednesday.


Aim is to lead Delhi Capitals to IPL title: Rishabh Pant

Harpal Singh Bedi

Rishabh Pant

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals Captain Rishabh Pant, says his aim is to lead his side to win the IPL title this season

“We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year. We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well.” he said

“Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a Captain,” Pant was quoted as saying in a media release.

The 23-year-old wicket keeper-batsman who has scored 2,079 runs in 68 IPL matches, said that he is excited to lead the Delhi Capitals in this year and looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.

Pant acknowledged the influence of Head Coach Ricky Ponting on the team saying ” He(Ricky) has been so amazing for us in the last two-three years.

He brings energy to the team and as a player when you see your coach and you’re thinking this is the man from whom you can learn a lot, then nothing is better than that.

” Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.”
Pant said he is really looking forward to going toe-to-toe against MS Dhoni in Delhi Capitals’ first encounter against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 10 April .

“My first match as Captain will be against Mahi bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well.

I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Pant added

Cricket: Extra responsibility will motivate  Rishabh Pant: Coach Ricky Ponting

Harpal Singh Bedi

Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals  Head Coach Ricky Ponting,has  hailed  his team’s new captain Rishab Pant’s performances in the last few months  saying ” His cricket in the last six-seven months has been nothing short of breathtaking and outstanding.” “I have known how talented Rishabh is since the moment I laid eyes on him. When he got back into the Test squad in Australia, I actually made a comment before a ball was bowled in the second Test match that this will be the unearthing of a 15-year Test player for India.I think he’s on track for doing that. “

The 46-year-old coach also was of the view  that extra responsibility of leading the side  will be a motivating factor for wicketkeeper-batsman  Rishab Pant in this edition of the IPL .

“I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him. He’s that sort of a person that likes the responsibility,”  said Ponting. 

The former Australian Captain  said  that  it is a  part of the coaching staff and the senior players’ job to support the newly appointed Captain in any way they can, 

“I think if we can get most of the talking with Rishabh about his captaincy done, leading into the first game then we don’t have to worry about it as the tournament starts. The last thing you want is to be overloading the Captain with all sorts of information once the tournament is underway. It’s a big part of my job, and other coaches and senior players’ job to get behind Rishabh and help him where they need to.”Ponting was quoted as saying by Delhi Capitals in a release. “Not only during training, but during matches as well Rishab wants to be the main man and wants to be the leader, so I am really excited to see how he goes. We’ll help him through, but honestly, I don’t think he’s going to need much help at all,” .

Ponting  said that he is very happy with the make-up of the squad and is confident that the team can go all the way this season, 

“I am thrilled with the players that we’ve got here, and I think we can win the IPL. Might as well go on record and say it now because that’s what I am here for and that’s what the players are here for. We’ve had our chat and it’s all about winning and how we can go one step further from last year. But the other important thing for me is that we’ve got a very different group from the one we had last year. 

What happened last year doesn’t matter. We’ve got to work out a way to win enough games to qualify and then win the final.”


Cricket IPL: Ajay Ratra named Delhi Capitals Assistant Coach

 Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  Delhi Capitals  on Sunday named former  wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra as the team’s Assistant Coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.(IPL)

Ratra recently coached the Assam state team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has coached Punjab in the past too, and has worked as a Fielding & Wicketkeeping Coach with the Indian’s Women’s Cricket Team during camps.
For the 39-year-old, currently employed by ONGC as Manager (Corporate Communications) this  will be his first brush with an IPL franchise.  He joins the Delhi Capitals coaching staff of Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Pravin Amre and James Hopes.

Commenting on his appointment, Ratra  who has played d 6 Tests and 12 ODIs for the country . said, “I am happy  to join Delhi Capitals as Assistant Coach. This is a very exciting team to work with, abundant with talent.. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

“We would like to welcome Ajay Ratra to the Delhi Capitals family,” said CEO Vinod Bisht, on the latest development. “His experience, as player and coach will be invaluable, as we look to take the franchise from strength to strength. We are excited to have him on board, and wish him all the very best for the upcoming season.”

In 2002 Ratra became the youngest wicketkeeper (aged 20) to score a Test hundred, and the second Indian wicketkeeper to score a century overseas.