Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday that there was stiff competition against Kings XI Punjab for a place in the playing-XI ahead of the team’s first match of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Delhi Capitals will start their campaign in the 13th IPL against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
The IPL is being held in UAE’s Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from 19 September to 10 November due to the ever increasing cases of the Covid-19epidemic in India. The Delhi Capitals team, which has so far failed to win the IPL title, will be a strong contender in the tournament this time.
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Former Australian Captain Ponting tweeted, ‘I am counting the days before starting my session on Sunday. The boys have done a great job in training and preparation and the competition is very strong for a place in the playing XI. You want to do the same as a coach.
The Delhi team made it to the play-offs last year under the guidance of former Australian batsman Ponting and the team is expected to improve this time this time. Delhi’s command is in the hands of young batsman Shreyas Iyer, with legendary players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma.