Yet another year for so close and yet so far for the Delhi Capitals. While they had finished as the runners-up last season, this year they were the table toppers and then lost two in a row in the Playoffs to crash out of the competition. While it was Shreyas Iyer who was the captain last time, this time around Rishabh Pant led them brilliantly, albeit a few calls here and there.
However, Pant and DC head coach Ricky Ponting are known to share a good bond with each other. Not only do the two respect each other for what they bring to the table at the team, but they are also free to joke around and even troll each other.
The same was yet again evident in an old Instagram post of DC head coach Ricky Ponting. While Ponting had posted back in July a birthday message for his teenage daughter, saying that he cannot believe that he is a father of a teenager, 24-year-old Pant said that the players definitely think so since the former Australia captain was getting older and wasn't a youngster anymore.
Check out Pant's comment on Ponting's post here:
46-year-old Ponting hasn't been able to win an IPL title with Delhi Capitals. While he has been credited with a lot of success and synergy that seemed to be lacking in Delhi in previous years, Ponting, who has experience of winning the pressure matches as captain of the Australian team as well as a player, has failed to share the same information to the DC squad studded with youngsters.
DC's campaign came to an end when they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2. Although Delhi found a way to come back from an impossible situation and even had the upper hand with KKR needing 6 runs off 2 deliveries, eventually Rahul Tripathi finished off the Kolkata chase with a maximum.
The IPL 2021 final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata is all set to be played later this evening at the Dubai International Stadium. While KKR are two-time winners, CSK have bagged three titles in the past.