Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting pumped up the boys before the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) with his speech. Ponting met with the DC squad for the first time this season and he praised the players for their contribution to the rise of the franchise; taking no credit himself.
Ponting also gave the DC members an idea of how his coaching works and told them to show up with the right attitude, effort, commitment, and care which will show a positive outcome.
“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,” tweeted DC on Twitter.
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— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 7, 2021
The ex-Australia captain, Ponting talked about the improvement of Delhi over the years and added that they have to bring the trophy this season after finishing third and second in the last two IPL editions.
“Alright welcome to the guys that are having their first session today, the guys I’ve just mentioned here. Well done on the effort and intensity that has been shown so far. 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,” said Ponting, praising the efforts players have put in so far in training sessions.
“Somethings about me, right, that some of you guys don’t know about me, right? 46 years of age, married, three kids from Melbourne. 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,” he said.
Ponting made it clear that the players can only achieve the desired result with their dedication along with his coaching. “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. Not about me, not about coaches, it’s about you, right? This is your team now.
“New skipper Rishabh, it’s your 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,” he said in the video.