IPL 2019: WATCH | Pretty Pleased with the Squad at Delhi - Ponting

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 20, 2019, 11:13 AM IST

Meha Bhardwaj (MB): It's a new exciting season coming up for the Capitals. Let's talk about the team itself, do you think with the kind of players you have got, you have got Shikhar Dhawan now, you have got a very potent batting line-up, do you believe that Delhi Capitals can turn their fortunes around?

Ricky Ponting (RP): Yeah I actually do, I spoke to the guys for the first time yesterday, everything does feel really fresh, it feels like a new start obviously total re brand we have got new owners you know the change of name to Capitals. I think like most squads we feel like we have got a really good solid squad going into this tournament but that's the one thing about the IPL, every team has got a good squad, it's about how you maximise that through the tournament & make sure you have got your players making good honest decisions at the right times in games. I think I have been in IPL for enough to understand that the tournament is so close finishing 1st & finishing 6th can be the result of one or two games basically so you just have to make sure you are well prepared & the boys play well under pressure. I am pretty happy with the squad I have got.

MB: Talking about the squad itself, you have got a very good batting line-up you know with Shikhar, Prithvi & Iyer up front. You have this really the future of Indian cricket so to speak in this trio of Rishabh, Prithvi & Shreyas. When you see them & when you watch them play closely, what is it that stands out about them? Let's start with Prithvi...

RP: Look I think, Prithvi, Shreyas & Rishabh last year were quite outstanding for us, I mean Prithvi didn't start obviously Gambhir started for us & half way through the tournament we felt we needed a change there & I had seen Prithvi in the practice matches that we played, knew that he was ready to go & that he can have an impact in the IPL straightaway & I think he showed that the first few games that he played. He was outstanding, look he is an outstanding talent, I think he has to elevate his game to another level this year in IPL cricket. He got lot of starts last year without really going on to making a big score, so that's going to be the big challenge for him. Shreyas probably finds himself in a different situation, last year he has been the captain of the team as well halfway through the tournament so his world sort of got turned upside down & he is probably under more pressure than he probably ever been before to be fair but he handled that really well. Look he is a class player, he has had a terrific domestic season & he is a terrific young man as well. I love working with everyday at training, we are pretty close, we work hard on a lot of his batting stuff, a lot of his leadership so I think he'll have a really big season for Capitals this year & Rishabh Pant's the other one who scored what 650 runs last year & didn't stop amazing me right the way through the tournament, I mean he, he's got all the talent in the world but he is also very smart player, the way he controlled some of our batting innings last year whether we were batting first or even during run chases was quite remarkable. When he is out in the middle, when you know him, he is quite a lively sort of a character...

First Published: March 20, 2019, 11:04 AM IST
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