Delhi Capital head coach Ricky Ponting has set some targets for the team related to the boding session as they look to build bonds in the lead-up to the new Indian Premier League 2022 season. Delhi has brought in plenty of new players during the mega auction and Ponting’s initial focus is to make sure everyone feels at home at the Capitals. They retained four players — skipper Rishabh Pant, opener Prithvi Shaw, spin all-rounder Axar Patel, and South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje — ahead of the auction.
Ricky Ponting said he wants the likes of Shaw, Nortje, and Axar to take up responsibility along with skipper, Pant to make sure the youngsters ease into the set-up. Ponting said he is also going to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with youngsters whom he is not familiar with.
Describing the same during a recent media interaction, Ricky Ponting said, “I have told the boys to keep their doors open when they are in their rooms and get to know each other. I am going to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with all the younger guys that I don’t know. When you show love towards the younger guys as a coach or a senior player, you know that they are going to give it back.”
He further added, “The guys who have been in the Delhi Capitals camp for a while definitely have the responsibility of guiding the youngsters in the team. Rishabh’s captain, so he’s going to do that anyway, but guys like Prithvi, Axar, and Nortje will also have their roles and responsibilities within the team.”
Ricky Ponting was impressed with the energetic vibe around the group of players when he attended his first training session with the team.
Talking about the same, Ricky Ponting said, “At the moment, we need to really focus on what we need to do to get ready for game one. I had a great first session with the players. There’s an energetic vibe around the team, which is what we always strive for.”