Young India opener Prithvi Shaw on Wednesday opened up how Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting motivates the players. While Delhi wouldn’t get the service of their regular captain Shreyas Iyer due to his injury and Rishabh Pant will lead the team, they will get Steve Smith in their squad this season.
While talking about how excited they are to have the Ponting back in the dressing room at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after his mandatory quarantine period, Prithvi Shaw opened up on his much-talked-about pep talks, where he said that it is more like Shah Rukh Khan’s Kabir Khan character from the popular Hindi film, Chak De! India.
His comments came as Ricky Ponting has a habit of giving a pep talk before and after IPL matches and it is revealed in some social media videos by the Delhi Capitals as well.
“The boss is back. He is a very nice person. On the field, he is like a boss, off the field he is like a friend. I think he is a very nice person. Let’s see how it goes (this year). Absolutely, I think when Ricky sir speaks, it should be played in the background. Shah Rukh Khan’s song,” Shaw told Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.
Recently, Ricky Ponting applauded the Delhi Capitals opener, Prithvi Shaw but also revealed a bizarre attitude about the talented opener, saying that he does not bat at the nets when he goes through a rough patch. But Shaw has found his form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a record-breaking 827 runs in 8 matches and he is likely to replicate his form in the IPL 2021 as well.
“He had an interesting theory on his batting last year. When he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time. He had four or five games where he made under ten and I’m telling him, ‘We have to go to the nets and work out [what’s wrong]’, and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really work that out,” Ponting had told cricket.com.au.
Delhi Capitals will take on Chennai Super Kings in their first match in Mumbai on April 10.