I fully back Rishabh Pant’s every decision onfield, says DC coach Ricky Ponting
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I fully back Rishabh Pant’s every decision onfield, says DC coach Ricky Ponting: Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach, Ricky Ponting has come at a strong defence of skipper Rishabh Pant following a string of criticism from cricket experts and fans for his on-field decisions. Pant came under the scanner after his side registered an embarrasing defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last night.

CSK bullied DC’s chances for playoffs as they hammered the 2020 runner ups by 91 runs in the DY Patil Stadium. The big loss has further dented DC’s chances to qualify for the playoffs of the ongoing IPL 2022

The franchise has just five wins under its belt and is placed fifth in the points table. Delhi needs to win every remaining game of theirs so as to get a berth in the top four.

With DC’s roller-coaster season, despite being touted as one of the favourites to win the tournament by cricket experts, questions have been directed at Pant’s captaincy. The on-field quick decisions from Pant haven’t fetched them favourable results.

However, Ricky Ponting has defended every decision of Rishabh Pant while stating it’s easy to make judgements from the outside.

“I fully back every decision he (Pant) takes on the field. I being a T20 captain before, I know you don’t have a lot of time to think about, especially under extreme pressure,” said Ponting in a post-match press conference.

“It is easy to make judgments from outside but trust me when you are in the middle it is not an easy thing to do.” 

The former Aussie skipper further added that various factors are taken into consideration like boundary size, batter on crease etc while making a decision on the field.

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“A captain makes decisions in a very short time and the decision he takes he thinks is the best for the team at that given time of the match. He takes things like boundary size and batsmen at the crease into account when he takes those decisions,” the DC head coach added.

Besides pacer Khaleel Ahmed’s performance, there were not much of positives to take from the game for Delhi.

“Our bowling was not up to the mark, similarly our batting was very very poor. There were not many positives to take from the match. The only positive was Khaleel Ahmed, he was outstanding with the ball again.

Ponting admitted that they have suffered a huge dent in their net run rate and need to bounce back with a dominating victory in the next match to neutralise the effect.

“To lose by 91 runs, it will put a huge dent in our net run-rate. It means we need to bounce back really strongly in our next game,” concluded Ponting.

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