Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting feels that the team's performance in the first leg of the IPL doesn’t matter once the tournament resumes on Sunday, September 19. The Capitals currently occupy the top position in the points table, with six wins from their first eight games.
The Delhi Capitals, who'd finished runners-up last season, carried on their form during the first-half of the 2021 edition, winning six of their first eight games before the tournament was postponed due to growing covid-19 concerns.
Ahead of the second leg, head coach Ricky Ponting ruled out complacency, and stated that the team will have to restart 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,” stated Ponting in a press release issued by the franchise.
“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.”
The two-time World Cup winning captain said that he was quite keen on regrouping with the squad, and praised the other support staff members for their work during their pre-season camp.
“I have been waiting for four months to come back to the Delhi Capitals camp," Ponting said. "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. I have 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.”
“It’s great to have Shreyas back. He has got an infectious attitude," Ponting said.
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 Capitals will play Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, September 22 in Dubai.