IPL 2020: Would expect Rishabh Pant to perform like he did last year, says DC coach Ricky Ponting

IPL 2020: Would expect Rishabh Pant to perform like he did last year, says DC coach Ricky Ponting

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting expects Rishabh Pant to deliver good performances in IPL 2020 like he did last year and said that DC wicketkeeper has turned things around for himself during the training session.

Notably, Rishabh Pant had amassed 488 runs in 16 games for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2019.

“Pant, during the last week, has really turned the corner well and I would expect him to perform as well as he did last year,” DC coach Ricky Ponting said in the virtual press conference.

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Delhi Daredevils, who were rebranded as Delhi Capitals last season, are the only team in the Indian Premier League to not have made it to the final. Delhi have made it to the semis/playoffs only four times in 12 seasons and have finished last in the group four times.

“In DC, we as a coaching group don’t put added pressure on the players. We like to take as much as possible pressure off them. We never expect any such thing from them which they don’t expect from themselves,” Ponting said.

“We really have a balanced side. There is a lot of competition for middle-order slots. Rahane gives us more depth to our batting,” Ponting added.

Under the guidance of Ricky Ponting and leadership of young Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals have added firepower to their already strong batting unit by roping in the likes of Ajinkya Rajhane, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey. They have a strong spin unit in the likes of R Ashwin, Sandeep Lamicchane, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel.

“Shikhar had as good a last season as anybody. Prithvi has been training very well. Shreyas has had his best 12 months for the Indian team. We have Pant, Hetmyer and Alex Carey (both left-handers), which gives us a good mix of left-right combinations. We have our bases covered,” Ponting added.

Delhi Capitals open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on September 20, a day after the opener between holders Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

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