Former Australia captain and Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting was in for a particular welcome on Tuesday (April 6) when he accomplished his obligatory quarantine earlier than becoming a member of his crew for a coaching session in Mumbai. DC opener Prithvi Shaw, who has had a love-hate relationship with Ponting, was the primary one to welcome him forward of the 14th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which will get underway on Friday (April 9).
“The boss is back,” Shaw mentioned. DC posted a video on social media the place Shaw is seen talking concerning the upcoming IPL season and re-uniting with coach Ponting.
“He is a very nice person. On the field he is like a boss, off the field he is like a friend. So, I am very happy he is back.”
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 6, 2021
Shaw likened Ponting’s speeches at crew huddles to these in the movie ‘Chak De! India’ by Bollywood star and Kolkata Knight Riders-owner Shah Rukh Khan. “I think when Ricky sir speaks, that song (Chak De! India) should play in the background. Shah Rukh Khan’s song,” mentioned Shaw.
Shaw comes into the IPL on the again of a record-breaking efficiency in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 827 runs from simply eight matches – essentially the most in a single season of the match by any batsman – going previous Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal in the method.
Shaw’s kind had taken a dip throughout IPL 2020 and he was dropped from the DC XI throughout the match. He additionally misplaced his place in the Indian Test crew after being dropped from the enjoying XI throughout the tour of Australia that adopted the IPL.
Ponting reflected on Shaw’s poor run last IPL season and mentioned the 21-year-old had refused to bat in the nets when not scoring runs in matches.
“I’ve had some really interesting chats with him through last year’s IPL, just trying to break him down, trying to find out exactly what was the right way to coach him and how I was going to get the best out of him,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“But he had an interesting theory on his batting last year – when he’s not scoring runs, he won’t bat, and when he is scoring runs, he wants to keep batting all the time. He had four or five games where he made under 10 and I’m telling him, ‘We have to go to the nets and work out (what’s wrong)’, and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I’m not batting today’. I couldn’t really work that out.”