Delhi Capitals' Head Coach Ricky Ponting expressed that he's thrilled to join the Delhi franchise team in Dubai for the second half of the VIVO IPL 2021, which is set to begin later this week.
The Australian said that the players have shown great intensity during the pre-season camp. "I have been waiting for four months to come back to the Delhi Capitals camp. I have such a great time when I work with the team and it's a great time in my calendar year. I have been keeping a close eye on what's been happening here.
Ponting also added that he has been speaking to the coaching staff here and they have done a great job so far (in the pre-season camp). "You can see with the intensity and the attitude shown by the players that it's been a really worthwhile camp so far. I am really excited about what we've got coming up in the next four-five weeks," said the 46-year-old.
Ponting added that the team's performance in the first half of the IPL 2021 season doesn't matter and that the side will have to re-build once again. "It doesn't matter what we've done in the first half of the season. It's been four months since when we played some really good cricket, so we really have to start again. We have to build ourselves as we go along in the tournament and make sure that we are playing our best cricket at the back end of the tournament."
"Our performance in the first half of the tournament was because of how well we played and how hard we worked, but I don't think we played our best cricket," said the Head Coach.
When asked about Shreyas Iyer's return to the Delhi Capitals side post recovering from his shoulder injury, Ponting said, "It's great to have Shreyas back. He has got an infectious attitude. I have been talking to him a lot and his training has been great. He's so keen to get back into the field, score runs and win. He's a world-class player and he's going to add a lot to our team, there's no doubt about that."
The Delhi Capitals are set to take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad on 22 September 2021, when the VIVO IPL 2021 season resumes.