Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting urged his team to form an unbreakable bond like steel during the franchise’s recent jersey distribution ceremony.
DC dominated the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) league stage under Rishabh Pant. However, they failed to qualify for the playoffs, losing both Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.
Speaking to his players ahead of the 2022 IPL season, Ponting asked them to give their best. In a video posted on DC’s official YouTube channel, he said before showing the new jerseys to cricketers:
“When you come here and you’re presented with your shirt, that’s what you mean to the Delhi Capitals family. It means something to you and then when we get to the training ground tomorrow, and then we will get to the game against MI on day 1 we have done all the hard work they can’t beat us so [sic].”
The 47-year-old Australian legend, known for his inspirational speeches, added:
We’ll form a bond that’s like steel, we can’t be broken. But it’s up to you guys to accept that, to take that and really want to do it. If you want to do this, if you want to be the best you can be, if you want to be part of a successful team, it will happen. If you are shy. If you don’t grab it with both hands, you’ll be an average player in an average team and that’s not the Delhi Capitals goal.
The Delhi Capitals will start their IPL 2022 campaign by taking on the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, March 27.
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During the same feature, the DC Pant captain described the franchise as a family and urged all players to enjoy the journey. He said:
“I think for me it’s about (DC being a) family, but mostly it’s about enjoying the journey. You may have known 10 different teams, but I guess this team is a bit different. We would like to give everyone a feeling of coming home. Just seek to share love with one another.
Pant made an impressive debut as DC captain last season, scoring 419 points, including three halves, in 16 games at a 128.52 strike rate.
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