Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting believes the staff, which has registered six wins out of eight matches they’ve performed to this point within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), hasn’t performed their greatest cricket but.
Capitals are at present positioned on the primary spot within the factors desk and appears set to qualify for the playoffs.
“Sure, issues are trying good at this stage of the season, however I am by no means the one to attempt to look too far forward as a result of I understand how rapidly the IPL can flip round. We have seen groups prior to now have six wins from their first six video games, after which not go on to make the playoffs,” mentioned Ponting forward of their subsequent recreation in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings slated to be performed on Saturday.
“So we’ll maintain a lid on issues, and I nonetheless assume we’re six wins from eight video games, however most likely have not performed our greatest cricket but both,” he added.
The 45-year-old additional mentioned that he has been telling the gamers to focus extra on enjoying greatest cricket within the again half of the match.
“One factor I have been telling the boys proper from the beginning of this match is that I need us enjoying our greatest cricket within the again half of the match, not essentially within the entrance half of the match,” mentioned the previous Australian skipper.
“So we’ll maintain working in direction of that and in direction of the proper recreation, however proper now there is a actually good really feel across the group and when you’ve got that together with a superb (staff) atmosphere, you are inclined to win a number of video games. So we’ll maintain specializing in that and ensuring that our planning and preparation is sweet, and that the outcomes come our manner,” he added.
Commenting on what he makes of the problem that Chennai will throw at his facet, Ponting mentioned they will not be taking the three-time champions flippantly.
“We have performed each staff as soon as and Rajasthan twice now, and Chennai additionally the second time now. Look, you’ll be able to’t take anybody without any consideration on this match. They have been confirmed performers – they’ve most likely been one of the best staff within the IPL since day one, so whenever you’ve obtained guys like Watson, Dhoni, Jadeja and Faf within the facet, you’ll be able to’t take them flippantly,” mentioned the pinnacle coach.
Speaking concerning the significance of preserving the main focus, Ponting mentioned: “I instructed the boys I simply need to maintain them switched on for one more week – we now have obtained to maintain pushing exhausting for these subsequent couple of video games – We have CSK after which KXIP. I do not need us to get complacent and take issues without any consideration at this stage of the match as a result of issues are going nicely.”
“I feel when issues are going nicely, it is time to push that little bit more durable, so that is what we shall be doing for the following week however proper now all of us are trying ahead to each problem that comes our manner, and we really feel that if we play our greatest cricket, then we’ll be exhausting to beat each recreation,” he added.
Talking on the pitches on provide within the United Arab Emirates throughout the three venues, Ponting mentioned, “The pitches have noticeably began to decelerate somewhat bit – I feel even the RR recreation with them not managing to chase 160 on these grounds (proved that). I feel what all of us felt after we got here right here was that possibly for the primary half of the match, chasing would possibly’ve been simpler due to the little bit of dew and in addition due to the little little bit of extra grass on the wickets – as a result of we thought they’ll protect the wickets somewhat bit for the again half of the match, however chasing has been exhausting proper from the beginning.”
“I feel all of the video games we have gained, we have truly gained batting first. So I feel that may frequently get a bit more durable to bat on,” he added.