Before the match against Punjab Kings, the team of Delhi Capitals (Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings) was in an atmosphere of fear. 6 members of the team were hit by Corona. Players were locked in hotel rooms instead of practicing. Every player was afraid that he might also become Kovid positive. But head coach Ricky Ponting encouraged the team and filled the fire of victory among the players of Delhi. Before the IPL (IPL 2022) match, Delhi Capitals all-rounder Axar Patel, who was a victim of Corona infection, said that the conversation with head coach Ricky Ponting boosted (Ricky Ponting’s talk started fire) the morale of his team, on which he won.
IPL 2022: There was an atmosphere of fear in Delhi Capitals from Corona, then Ricky Ponting’s talk started ‘fire’, know what he said?
Despite battling the Corona crisis, Delhi defeated Punjab by nine wickets in an IPL match. This match was played at Brabourne Stadium here instead of Pune. Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert was found to be Corona positive just a few hours before the match. Akshar said, ‘We were in isolation and started practicing after two or three days.,
What did Ricky Ponting tell the team?
Axar Patel said, ‘Ponting told us that we have two options. We have to play matches. Either forget preparation by thinking about positive cases or focus on preparation thinking that external things are not in our hands. He said, ‘We were focusing on our game and made a strategy accordingly. His words were in our minds.
Delhi achieved the target in 10.3 overs after bowling out Punjab for 115 runs. David Warner made 60 not out. Expressing happiness over Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav’s return to form, Axar said that the Delhi team management has encouraged him a lot. He said, ‘The atmosphere is very important. Kuldeep needed confidence. Confidence fades after one or two sessions are lost. Rishabh Pant and the coaching staff gave him the confidence he needed.
Pant said – the players were nervous
Delhi captain Rishabh Pant also admitted that there was a strange atmosphere in the team regarding Kovid. All the players had doubts about whether the match would even happen or not. Pant said after the match, ‘There was a lot of doubt about Kovid. The players were also in doubt. We were also a little nervous as there was talk that it might be canceled. But we talked as a team and focused our attention on the match.,
However, as soon as they landed on the field, the players of Delhi showed a strong game. The spin of Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav did wonders and allowed Punjab to score only 115 runs and then the stormy opening partnership of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw helped Delhi win the match in 10.3 overs.