DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: ‘We are yet to play our best cricket,’ DC coach Ricky Ponting says after 1-run loss to RCB

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: ‘We're yet to play our best cricket,’ Delhi Capitals' Ricky Ponting says after 1-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore
DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: ‘We're yet to play our best cricket,’ Delhi Capitals' Ricky Ponting says after 1-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Despite two set batsmen on the crease, Delhi Capitals could not get the required 14 runs off the last over, losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 1 run at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Tuesday. Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer did an excellent job in chasing 172-target but failed to get to the finish line. Coach Ricky Ponting said he was disappointed, saying DC were yet to their best cricket but promised that the team will bounce back.

“I think we’ve started well. I still don’t think we’ve played our absolute best cricket yet. In a couple of games that we played in Mumbai, we had convincing run chases, but we probably had the better of the conditions there. We need to just tighten up on fielding. I think we should have closed the game out a bit better against Sunrises a couple of days ago. In our field areas tonight, we were just a bit sloppy. When these games are decided by such fine margins, you can’t afford to be just off the boil by one or two balls or, or have a bad over here and there. It’s going to cost you more often than not,” Ricky Ponting said at the post-match press conference.

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DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: ‘Rishabh is growing as a captain,’ Ponting says

Under Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals now have won four matches and lost two in six games. While he was to be blamed for not finishing the match despite scoring a half-century, he is still young and will learn a lot from the mistakes. Ricky Ponting said Rishabh Pant is growing as a captain and he will help him grow.

“I thought he (Rishabh Pant) played really well tonight. He’ll be disappointed. He wants to be in those situations. He wants to be the man in the end and wins the game for DC. We didn’t do that tonight. But we were very, very close. He’s growing every day as a captain as well, I think. That’s the thing that I’m most impressed about with Rishabh Pant over the last six or eight months,” Ricky Ponting said.

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“I think he’s growing as a person every day. And that’s part of my job is to continue to work with him and let him grow and let him develop and just give him a few little pointers along the way where we can and things that I might’ve seen in the game that I can talk to them about that we might be able to improve on and sharpen upon in the next game. But we won’t certainly over analyzed tonight. It was a magnificent game of cricket. I know I’ve got nothing and I was left sitting in the dugout over there. It was a great game. Unfortunately, RCB were just a little bit too good for us,” Ricky Ponting added.

DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: ‘Best is yet to come from Stoinis, Smith,’ Ponting says

While Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have done well as openers, Delhi Capitals’ middle-order has been shaky with Steve Smith yet to find his rhythm and Marcus Stoinis still struggling on slower pitches. Furthermore, with Ravichandran Ashwin pulling out of IPL 2021, it has become difficult for DC to find the right combination. But Ricky Ponting said that with the squad that Delhi Capitals have, the team will get better as the tournament goes.

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“So, we started well, but I think there’s still a lot of improvement in this team to come. Stoinis hasn’t had a lot of time in the middle yet. Shikhar and Prithvi and have done a great job at the top. Smith is just sort of working his way into the tournament. So, there’s some improvement there on the balance of our team with Ashwin not being there obviously, he and Misha are the best spinners that we have in our squad,” Ricky Ponting said.

“We will toss-up whether we play two overseas pacemen. That’s the other option that we’ve got with guys like Chris Woakes and Anrich Nortje here in our squad. We think, at some stage in this tournament that they can play a big part and a big role for us.  It actually makes my job as a coach and the captain’s job a little bit tough knowing that you’ve got so much talent around your group. I’m sure it will get better and better as this tournament goes on,” he added.

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