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Vivo IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting opens up on his relationship with DC all-rounder Marcus Stoinis

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Vivo IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting opens up on his relationship with DC all-rounder Marcus Stoinis

Ricky Ponting opens up on his relationship with DC all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

Vivo IPL 2021: The most successful Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has been in limelight all throughout his career owing to his exceptional cricket career as a batsman and as a captain as well. The former cricketer has managed to bag the limelight once again with his brilliant coaching skills in the IPL. Under Ponting, Delhi Capitals (DC) has thrived and bagged their first-ever IPL final berth in the last edition of the Indian Premier League.

The ever outstanding coach of DC shares a great bond with a few players on and off the field. One of those is with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Ponting during his recent interaction with cricket.com.au revealed his relationship with Stoinis.

The decorated former cricketer labelled Stoinis as a deep thinker and hence he doesn’t want to flood his mind with so much information. Furthermore, he said that the all-rounder has been in and out of Australia’s national side and hasn’t quite found his desired slot in the playing11.

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“With Australia, he’s been in and out of the side, and not really found a spot in the batting line-up. I’ve tried to make it pretty clear to him where I see him slotting in with the Delhi Capitals outfit and the role he’s going to play for us,” said Ponting.

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Vivo IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting opens up on his relationship with DC all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

The 46 years old stated that he doesn’t love to interfere as long as the player has a clear mindset and is doing the right thing. His interference would occur only when he sees players erring somewhere with their game.

“He is a hard worker. He likes to bat and bowl as much as anyone we’ve had at Delhi. So as long as I give some clear direction and he understands what he’s doing and what his role is, I just let him go about getting himself prepared. I’ll only interfere with players’ preparation if I think they’re bludging and they’re not doing the right thing,” said Ponting.

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Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2021:

Delhi Capitals (DC) bagged their maiden slot in IPL’s final last year and the team is highly activated to end as a title winner this time. The franchise had to go through a captaincy change ahead of the IPL 2021 phase one following injury to Shreyas Iyer.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was appointed as the new skipper of the side for the season despite having the likes of Steve Smith, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane in the team. 

The team has flourished under him as they are leading the points table after eight matches. With six wins from eight matches, DC has accumulated 12 crucial points and a net run rate of +0.5.

The franchise will now compete in their first-ever match of phase 2 on 22nd September against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai International Stadium.

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