In my opinion, pants are the right choice for the captain, says Delhi Capitals Ponting coach

In my opinion, pants are the right choice for the captain, says Delhi Capitals Ponting coach

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has backed Rishabh Pant to keep driving the side, saying the wicketkeeper batter is as yet youthful and learning with the ropes of captaincy and stays the right choice for the job. With Mumbai Indians at 95 for 3 in 14.3 overs while pursuing a target of 160, Pant made a strategic blunder as he would not go for DRS after Tim David nicked the main ball of his innings and the onfield umpire didn’t give him out.

“Absolutely, no doubt in my mind that Rishabh even in the last season he was the right choice for captain. Rishabh did a terrific job with the team after he took over from Shreyas (Iyer) after he injured his shoulders,” Ponting said during the press conference after DC lost by five wickets against MI.

It came back to haunt DC as David slammed 34 runs off just 11 balls with the help of two boundaries and four sixes to take the game out of DC’s grasp.

“…he is just a young man and still learning captaincy. Being captain of a T20 team, especially in IPL, which is a high pressure tournament, is not easy thing to do and unfortunately, every single thing you do will be scrutinised. He certainly got my full backing.”

“It is always hard to put a finger on one single aspect of the game. Top of the order our batting was poor, we were four down for 40, which is not the ideal way to start a T20 game, specially big games which you have to win,” he said.

Ponting said he was “gutted” to see the match slip away but didn’t blame Pant for the loss.

“Obviously, Tim David played well. He was probably out first ball but there are so many aspects of the game we will be disappointed with. The players need to learn from games like that.

“I feel pretty gutted that the game slipped through out of our hands, we didn’t close out the match in the last few overs.”

Rival MI skipper Rohit Sharma also threw his weight behind Pant, saying such fumbles happen on the cricket field and he will come out stronger from the experience. “He is a quality captain, we have seen it in the past season how he leads his team. Sometimes things don’t go your way, I have gone through such situations, such things happen on the ground, sometimes things don’t pan out your way,” he said.

“He can take a lot of learning and try and keep things simple, he has a great mind, he reads the game well from behind, and such fumbles can happen and it is important to not doubt yourself. He will comeback strong.

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