Picture Credit: X/IPL

Picture Credit: X/IPL

The Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on the Gujarat Titans (GT) in match 32 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Both teams will enter this fixture on the back of a win in their respective previous matches. While the Delhi Capitals beat Lucknow Super Giants by six wickets, the Titans are coming after a victory over table-toppers Rajasthan Royals. 

However, the Delhi-based franchise has been dealing with several blows with Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh returning to his country for treatment over his tear in hamstring, there have been injury concerns to David Warner too after he got a blow in the finger in DC’s last match. But D C coach, Ricky Ponting on the eve of the match against DC provided a big update on Warner’s fitness.

Addressing the press conference ahead of DC’s match against GT in Ahmedabad, Ponting mentioned that the X-ray results have come out good but there is considerable swelling in Warner’s knuckle area of left hand. He further added that the Aussie opener will go a fitness test on Wednesday morning. “David did have an X-ray after the last game. That X-ray came back all clear. But, he’s got a lot of swelling around the knuckle on his left hand. We’ll give him a fitness test tomorrow morning, and keeping fingers crossed that he’s okay,” Ponting said.

However, it remains to be seen how the Warner’s fitness results come out on Wednesday, April 17. Moreover, speaking of DC’s campaign at the IPL 2024, the Rishabh Pant-led side are reeling in the bottom half of the points table with only two wins from six games so far in the tournament. They sit at ninth place, only above the Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

Attacking batting that’s going to win this IPL than defensive bowling: Ricky Ponting

The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who is the coach of the Delhi Capitals feels that the season belongs to a team that plays more “attacking batting than defensive blowing. Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Ponting said, “Quite often, big tournaments like the IPL and the Big Bash back in Australia have been won by the best defensive bowling teams.”

“But the way this IPL is going - and with the different rules in the IPL, it looks like it will be won by the team that’s most willing to take on the bowling, and try and post some really big scores. I think it’s potentially more attacking batting that’s going to win this IPL than defensive bowling,” he further added.