Watch: Ricky Ponting Gives Rousing Speech As He Joins Delhi Capitals Squad For First Time
IPL 2021: Since Ricky Ponting's arrival, Delhi Capitals have seen a remarkable turnaround, from finishing rock-bottom in 2018 to reaching their first-ever IPL final last year.
Ricky Ponting met up with the DC squad for the first time on Wednesday
He gave a rousing speech to the team
Delhi Capitals will play under Rishabh Pant's captaincy this season
With only two days left for Delhi Capitals' opening match, head coach Ricky Ponting met with the squad for the first time this season after completing his mandatory quarantine and gave them a rousing speech. Ponting, one of the most successful captains of his generation, began by a personal introduction and went on to highlight the four values -- attitude, effort, commitment, and care -- he wants his players to stick by during the whole tournament. Since Ponting arrived at the franchise three years ago, Delhi Capitals have seen a remarkable turnaround, from finishing rock-bottom in 2018 to reaching their first-ever final last year. Highlighting this, the former Australia skipper said, they have had a few good seasons but not great as they haven't won anything and he has come to win titles.
"Days to go for our first #IPL2021 game and we bring you the video you've been waiting for. @RickyPonting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this," tweeted Delhi Capitals' official Twitter handle, sharing the video.
Days to go for our first #IPL2021 game and we bring you the video you've been waiting for @RickyPonting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this #YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 #DCAllAccess @OctaFX pic.twitter.com/7e1341uj1F— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 7, 2021
"Alright welcome to the guys that are having their first session today, the guys I've just mentioned here. Well done on the effort and intensity that has been shown so far. I have talked to Pravin, I've talked to (Mohammad) Kaif last night... the work you boys have done last night so far has been outstanding," said Ponting, praising the efforts players have put in so far in training sessions.
"Somethings about me, right, that some of you guys don't know about me, right? 46 years of age, married, three kids from Melbourne. I've been in Delhi for three years. First year I was here, we finished last. Two years ago, we finished third. Last year, we finished second," said Ponting.
"This is a different Delhi than it was years ago, right? And the reason that it is, what all you guys have brought to the franchise. Not about me, not about coaches, it's about you, right? This is your team now. New skipper Rishabh, it's you team. My coaching has a pretty simple basis. You turn up with the right attitude, you put in the effort, you bring in the commitment, and you care, then you're sweet with me. Alright? They're gonna be team values of ours, over the next couple of months," he said in video.
Delhi Capitals have their set up their base in Mumbai for first few league games. They will begin their campaign against three-time winners Chennai Super Kings on April 10