IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Lalit Yadav reveals how coach Ricky Ponting welcomed him into the team – Delhi Capitals spin all-rounder Lalit Yadav made his IPL debut in 2021. DC bought Yadav for INR 20 Lakh during the IPL Player Auction and had retained him for the IPL 2021. The 24-year-old, who has thus far played 12 First-Class matches, put in some impressive all-round performances for Delhi in the latest edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. In an interview, Lalit expressed how DC coach Ricky Ponting welcomed him in the side.
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“When I came to the IPL for the first time last year. I received a message from Ricky Ponting, which read: ‘Hi Lalit, Ricky Ponting this side.’ For a minute or two, I was like: ‘No man, why would Ponting message me from his end!’.”
“But after that, it never felt that I am talking to a legend or sharing a dressing room with him. It felt like he’s a companion, a friend. At times, he has been harsh too, but he stays very cool. Never makes you feel that he’s been a great player,” Lalit said.
Lalit scored 54 runs and took three wickets in the IPL 2021.
“I’ve received a lot of nice inputs from him – last year, he told me four, five different things that have been helping me. Even now, he keeps telling me how to improve myself,” he added.
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