Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has shared that he is excited to be back after completing the 5-day isolation after one of his family members tested positive for COVID-19. However, he missed the match on Friday, April 22. However, Delhi Capitals confirmed that Ricky Ponting has tested negative for Covid-19 but he was isolated as a precautionary measure only.
Recalling the time away from the game, Ponting said, “It’s nice to be back outside again. Frustrating (not to travel with the team). I broke 3-4 remote controls.3 or 4 bottles of water might have got thrown into the wall,” Ponting told Delhi Capitals. “When you are on the sidelines being a coach and you can’t control what’s happening in the middle, that’s hard enough. When you are not on the sidelines, and sending text messages every over, saying ‘do this, do that, do this’. It got a little more frustrating.”
Delhi Capitals began their campaign with a win over Mumbai Indians but they have failed to carry the momentum and started losing matches. Ponting, however, said that he thought Delhi would gather a winning run after their dominant 9-wicket win over Punjab Kings on April 20 but they lost to Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs in a high-scoring game as well.
“I’ve said it a few times this year where there’s 36 or 37 overs of really good stuff, and we just let it slip for two or three overs. And, that’s the difference in these games. We sort of gear ourselves to not overtrain in the first part of the season, try and build up along the way. But our performances have been win one, lose one, win one. So, we need to start getting that little bit of momentum. Our performances have been win one, lose win. After our win against the Kings, I thought the momentum would have been going our away. It didn’t happen in the last game. We are so close to turnin it around. We’ve all got to trust, we’ve got to believe, we’ve got to stay upbeat and positive. And if we are, things will definitely change for us,” Ricky Ponting concluded.