Delhi Capitals (DC) have been on a juggernaut in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Having finished the league stage as the top-ranked team, DC lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in qualifier 1. The team will now play high flying Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in qualifier 2.
DC is one of the few teams that have not won an IPL title. They came close last season but lost to Mumbai Indians (MI) in the finals. However, DC coach Ricky Ponting is optimistic about the team going the distance in the current season. Ponting said he has been with the group for three years and knows where the team stands, adding that the team is keen to end their title drought this year.
“I’ve been in Delhi for three years. First-year I was here, we finished last. Two years ago, we finished third and last year we finished second. I think we can win the IPL, as simple as that. You know, I might go well on record saying that because that’s what I am here for. That’s what the players are here for,” said Ponting in a video uploaded by DC on social media.
While DC has done well as a team, they have few areas of concern to work on. The openers have been inconsistent while the middle order has blown hot and cold. However, runs from Rishabh Pant against CSK is a great sign. Meanwhile, their opponents, KKR have been on a roll in the second leg of IPL. They came into the tournament with little chance to qualify but turned things around in a dramatic way, winning six of their eight games in the UAE leg.