Since 2012, it is the first time that Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs. They have won 8 out of 12 games and are in a strong position to finish in the top two. As a result it will give them two chances to make it to the first ever IPL final.
For their success, the credit should definitely go to the players. But no one can undermine the effort of their head coach Ricky Ponting. Many players like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris are with the franchise for long.
But they have failed to change the fortunes of the team. However when Ponting took charge in the last season, he has weaved his magic around. The former Aussie legend has changed the team completely.
DC have made almost all the opposition pay and for that Ponting is garnering huge appreciation. Amidst all these, many fans are pondering whether Ponting will be the next Indian coach. This might become a reality as Ravi Shastri’s contract will expire after the World Cup.
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Ganguly comments on the rumor
DC’s advisor for this season, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, didn’t a promising update on the issue. He said that Ponting has the credentials to become the Indian coach. However he isn’t sure whether the Australian is willing to spend 8-9 months in a year away from family.
“That you have to ask him if he is ready to stay away from home for 8-9 months of a year. But yes, if you talk about credentials, there is no doubt he can be a great candidate,” Ganguly told Cricbuzz.
Ganguly also spoke about his relationship with Ponting. During their playing days, both were arch-rivals. However things have changed now as friendship has grown over the years between them.
“Oh we are great friends. There was a point in time when we were adversaries on the pitch, but over the years our friendship has grown. He has done some great work with the boys and it’s showing,” Ganguly said.