IPL 2020: In 2018, at the mega-auctions if there was one team who invested in future it was Delhi Capitals. Retaining Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Chris Morris — who has now joined Royal Challengers Bangalore — the team had bought pacer Kagiso Rabadda, youngster Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy amongst other players. DC had finished last that season. However, the next season, the team looked more composed and finished third. Head coach Ricky Ponting believes that the Delhi Capitals have a good chance of winning this year, courtesy of its strong batting line up and death bowling unit.
Here are three big things he said on the Delhi Capitals team
1) Indian batting line-up is strong:
The Australian coach believes that 2019 was a breakout season for his team and 2020 will be even better. “The batting side has shaped up well, especially the Indian side of it”. Delhi Capitals boasts the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw as their potential top-order batsmen. While Dhawan and Shaw are the likely openers, Iyer and Pant will take the No.3 and 4 spots respectively. “They have been in good form during training and it is a good thing for us. It gives us a flexible batting side. We have many left-right hand combination, so that will be our plus point,” he added.
Pant, on the other hand, he said, knows ‘my expectations from him’. “He knows what I want from him. But he is not a kid who should be pushed too me. I am hard on him during training but when it’s game on, he knows his responsibility and he will get the job done”.
2) Death bowling options aplenty
Delhi Capitals have quite impressive bowling attack, especially during the death overs. With Kagiso Rabada as their strike bowler, Ishant Sharma and Keemo Paul gives them plenty of variety. Put Mohit Sharma and DC has one of the most talented bowling attack. “I am not concerned about the bowling attack, especially in the death overs. We have many options in Rabada, Ishant and Mohit. It is not at worrying,” he said adding Anrich Nortje is a great addition to the side this year.
3) Ajinkya Rahane’s role in team
Ajinkya Rahane seems like a trump card for Ponting’s side. The batsman joined the Delhi team from Rajasthan Royals. Since his arrival to the squad, one question which has been doing the rounds is “Will he play in the first match against Kings XI Punjab and how he fits in the team?”
Ponting has to some extent put rest to all the speculations by saying ‘he will have to fight for his place’. “Rahane will not be an automatic selection. We (Ajinkya and I) have had talks on it. We have discussed about his role, and areas of T20 he needs to work on. He is in great shape and we might give him a chance in the first game”.