IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Ricky Ponting Delhi Capitals: The Australian cricket has taken some beating in last few weeks. First it was the West Indies and then Bangladesh defeated them with identical margin of 4-1 in 5 match T20 Series. Former Australian captain and Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has some solution to Australian Cricket woes – ‘Play IPL 2021 if you want to do well in T20 World Cup’. According to Ponting, Australian cricketers can ‘get their groove back’ by playing in the world’s biggest cricket league starting from September 19th in UAE.
Speaking to SEN radio, Ponting said, “Those guys that haven’t played for three or four months now, they need to get back into the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the best players in the world. No doubt it’s their best preparation to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world. All the best players in the world will be there”
IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting’s blunt message to Australian cricketers, ‘want to do well in T20 WC, play IPL’
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Ricky Ponting Delhi Capitals: The straight next question to Ponting was, is he saying this because he wants his Australian players for Delhi Capitals. It is worth noting that some of the top names of the Australian cricket are part of DC and the likes of Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis are still not sure whether they will be playing IPL or not.
To this Ponting replied, “… and I’m not just saying it because I want some of the Australian players there at the Delhi Capitals, I genuinely feel Australian cricketers can get their groove back by playing IPL”
IPL 2021 Phase 2: List of Australian players in the IPL that played the PHASE 1
- Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith (Delhi Capitals)
- Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting (Kolkata Knight Riders)
- Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques (Punjab Kings)
- David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
- Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Dan Christian, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
- Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals)
- Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings)
- Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile (Mumbai Indians)
The likes of Pat Cummins, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams featured in Phase 1 of the IPL, but haven’t played any cricket since then. Cummins is the only one who has declared that he will not be available for IPL in UAE for KKR.
The likes of Riley Meredith, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Josh Philippe, who were all part of the tours to West Indies and Bangladesh, hold IPL contracts along with Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting who are not part of Australia’s plans.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: When will be Ponting joining the team in UAE? Ponting is expected to join up with the squad next month to resume his head coach duties. Though Stoinis is almost certain to join, there remain doubts on the availability of Steve Smith. Smith has previously insisted that he would prioritise the Ashes over the T20 World Cup and is unsure about IPL 2021. The Australian skipper’s absence should however be mitigated by the return of Shreyas Iyer, who missed out on Phase 1 due to injury.
Ponting also faces a huge conundrum when he returns to the Delhi Capitals set up, with no decision made on the captaincy yet. Iyer was the captain last season as Capitals reached their maiden IPL final, but his injury meant that Rishabh Pant was handed the reins on an interim basis. However, Pant has excelled in the leadership role as Delhi ended Phase 1 at the top of the standings with six wins in eight games.
Now with Iyer back, Ponting and the rest of the team management have a difficult choice to make between the two stalwarts of the Indian cricket