With just a couple of days to go for the opening match of the Delhi Capitals (DC), head coach Ricky Ponting was seen giving a rousing speech to the squad for the first time this season. Ponting started with introducing himself and highlighted the four values — attitude, effort, commitment, and care — he wants his players to stick by during the whole tournament. DC has witnessed a change in fortunes since, Ponting had joined the franchise three years ago, as they reached their first-ever final last year.
Highlighting the growth of the franchise, the former Australia skipper said, they have had a few good seasons but they haven’t won the trophy yet. Tweeting the video of the same, Ricky Ponting said, “Days to go for our first #IPL2021 game and we bring you the video you’ve been waiting for. @RickyPonting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this.”
Here is the video of the same:
3️⃣ Days to go for our first #IPL2021 game and we bring you the video you've been waiting for 📹💙@RickyPonting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this 🔥#YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 #DCAllAccess @OctaFX pic.twitter.com/7e1341uj1F
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 7, 2021
In the video, Ponting was heard saying, “I have talked to Pravin, I’ve talked to (Mohammad) Kaif last night… the work you boys have done last night so far has been outstanding. I’ve been in Delhi for three years. First-year I was here, we finished last. Two years ago, we finished third. Last year, we finished second. This is a different Delhi than it was years ago, right? And the reason that it is, what all you guys have brought to the franchise.”
He further elaborated, “Not about me, not about coaches, it’s about you, right? This is your team now. New skipper Rishabh, it’s you team. My coaching has a pretty simple basis. You turn up with the right attitude, you put in the effort, you bring in the commitment, and you care, then you’re sweet with me. Alright? They’re gonna be team values of ours, over the next couple of months.”
Delhi Capitals have set up their base in Mumbai for the first few league matches. They will begin their campaign against three-time winners Chennai Super Kings on April 10.