Dubai, September 2
Complementing new Delhi Capitals’ recruits Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane, head coach Ricky Ponting has mentioned the duo would add lots of expertise to the workforce that was but to win the IPL title.
Speaking after a three-hour internet session right here on Tuesday night, Ponting lavished reward on off-spinner Ashwin and batting ace Rahane.
“Both of them are class players, and have been long-term Indian players. Ashwin has been one of the most successful spinners in the IPL history, and Rahane has led Rajasthan for a long time as well,” he mentioned.
“They have all sorts of skill, class, and experience which they’ll add to our squad. We all know how important experience is in T20 cricket, and we understand that. We’ve got a young captain in Shreyas, but to have those older, more experienced minds on the ground will help us a lot,” mentioned Ponting.
A really heat and humid Tuesday night on the ICC Academy in Dubai noticed Capitals practice beneath Ponting for the primary time this season. The Australian legend mentioned the situations had been draining however his workforce was comfortable to be again collectively.
“The attitude from the start has been amazing, and today was no exception. It was hot and quite draining for the players but coming off on the back of a good season last year, you would expect the mood to be upbeat – and I was delighted to see that and it felt awesome to be back in the team environment, and I think there’s no better place than to be in the Delhi Capitals camp at the moment,” mentioned Ponting.
Weather situations might be a problem this season for franchises, which might be overcome by managing coaching classes higher, mentioned Ponting.
“We’ve got a smaller squad so I want to sort of manage our training sessions differently than we did last year. I’ve made it clear to the boys that we are not going to over-train in the first three weeks. I believe our preparation leading up to the first game is critical. I want to make sure that physically, technically, and tactically the boys are peaking for the first game,” he mentioned.
“It is an unusual time we have got – having three weeks – I think we had slotted in about 20 training sessions before our first game, which in my opinion are too many, so we are just going to see how the boys are shaping up after every training session and then take it from there,” added the 45-year-old.
Commenting on how he intends to take care of the constructive workforce setting from final season, Ponting mentioned he needed his gamers to recollect why they had been profitable final season.
“Last yr, I had as a lot enjoyable as I’ve ever had with a cricket workforce, and I need to be certain we will replicate that this season as effectively,” mentioned the previous Aussie captain.
“I think it’s really important that when you have success, you understand why you have it. I’ll be banking on the guys we still have from last year – it’s important for them to remember the positives,” he mentioned.
“If they will impose that on the youthful and new guys within the workforce, earlier than you realize it, you are going to have this actually infectious perspective across the workforce once more which is what I’m all about as a coach,” Ponting added.
“With all the protocols involved, the teams that manage themselves the best throughout the tournament, I think, will go a long way. What I mean by management is not managing the players, but managing our time as well, and finding things and activities which we can do together as a group,” he pointed. IANS