Dubai, September 19
Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting believes that senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s inclusion provides “more depth” to the facet however there will probably be a wholesome competitors for middle-order slots throughout this IPL season.
The Capitals, which completed third final 12 months, will begin their marketing campaign towards Kings XI Punjab on Sunday and each Ponting and skipper Shreyas Iyer agreed that R Ashwin and Rahane have been nice additions to the younger facet with their expertise they introduced in.
While the coach did not Give away a lot however there’s a chance that India’s Test vice-captain might have to attend for his likelihood within the enjoying XI contemplating the explosive prime 5 (Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer) that DC possesses. There is in-form Alex Carey additionally within the combine.
“We really have a balanced side. There is a lot of competition for middle-order slots. Rahane gives us more depth to our batting,” the Australian legend mentioned on Saturday throughout his group’s pre-season digital media convention sitting, alongside skipper Iyer.
“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 combination. We have our bases covered,” Ponting mentioned, giving a delicate trace about Rahane’s instant future.
Iyer, on his half, mentioned that Ashwin and Rahane had blended properly throughout the group and by no means gave a way that they had been senior gamers.
“They give that extra sense of confidence. You don’t feel that they are seniors and are willing to help every individual,” mentioned Iyer, who believes that Ashwin will probably be helpful for the group, given his concept of the KXIP core group (Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal) and the sluggish nature of the Dubai observe.
Ponting additionally felt that wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been shaping up properly since final week and he’s anticipating one other good season from the burly southpaw.
“Pant, over the last week, has actually turned the nook properly and I might anticipate him to carry out in addition to he did final 12 months.
“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,” the coach mentioned.
With Dubai internet hosting 24 video games out of the 60, Ponting is certain that the tracks will get slower within the second half of the match and spin will grow to be extra necessary issue.
“Conditions might change through the tournament. They have four tracks in Dubai that will host 24 games. I saw a lot of green grass cover on the track and before the game, some of it will be off. I don’t see a lot of spin now but it might become a factor during later part of the tournament,” mentioned the three-time ODI World Cup winner.
Considering the character of the observe, Ponting is assured that substitute left-arm seamer Daniel Sams might be very efficient together with his slower off-cutters and a tempo of 135 to 140 kmph.
“I have watched Daniel Sams for the last three to four years. He has been one of the highest wicket-takers in BBL. He could be effective during the back end of the tournament when pitches will get slower. He has variations and bowls lot of off-cutters. He gives us left-arm option,” Ponting mentioned.
About celebrations, Iyer mentioned that the gamers are proscribing it to “fist bumps”, one thing they’d been doing throughout follow video games.
While concluding, Ponting mentioned that the “ban on saliva” at the very least in white ball cricket and that too in T20 will not be that huge deal in comparison with pink ball cricket.
“But it’s about habit. We need to be careful as if you do it multiple times, you can cop hefty fines,” he mentioned. PTI