Dubai: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Pointing is confident of his top order batsmen. Especially on star batsman Rishabh Pant. In this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Ponting is expecting a great performance from Rishabh. But he said that he will not press the expectations on this young player.
Delhi will begin its campaign tomorrow against Kings XI Punjab. Before that, Coach Ponting said in a virtual press conference, ‘I have high expectations from the whole team and I am sure that Rishabh will perform effectively this time too. But as a coach, I do not want to have any expectations that the player does not even own. He said, ‘The job of the coaching staff is to reduce the pressure on the team so that the players can openly show the natural game’.
In the last season of IPL, Rishabh Pant has scored 488 runs in 16 matches with a strike rate of 162. He scored 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians. At the same time this year, he has also done well in practice matches here. In such a situation, a lot of expectations have been raised from him.
Ponting said that Ajinkya Rahane’s arrival has increased the team’s batting depth. He said, ‘There is a lot of flexibility in the team and the depth has also increased with the arrival of Rahane. Shreyas performed brilliantly last year. Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Kare strengthen the batting and Akshar Patel is also at the lower order ‘.
Asked whether the wicket would be helpful to the spinners or the fast bowlers, Ponting said, “Things will change as the tournament progresses.” Recently, there was grass on the wicket and initially the seam bowlers would get help but later the wicket would be slow and the role of spinners would also be important.
Ponting said, ‘The current situation is different and strict protocols are in place which are completely new. It would be strange to play without an audience, but now it has been two and a half weeks. The coaching staff has also worked hard for this during practice and we know that our fans are with us all over the world, especially in Delhi and we will not disappoint them.
Asked how much the ban will have on the use of saliva on the ball, the former Australian captain said, “Actually, the use of saliva has become a habit of bowlers and they do so unknowingly. We have been told that there is a provision for stringent fine for doing so. In this regard, the players will be informed in detail. He said, ‘Anyway, the use of saliva to maintain the brightness of the ball is not required in T20 as much as in Test cricket’.