Delhi Capitals are having a terrible IPL season this time and having big names at the dugout is not helping them much. Under the coaching of Ricky Ponting and captain Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals have had some really memorable IPL seasons in last few years. However, in the absence of Pant, they look clueless at present.
After losing five IPL matches, Delhi Capitals have hardly any hope left for the IPL playoffs this year. Under the coaching of Ricky Ponting and new captain David Warner, Delhi Capitals are still struggling to get going. They were seen welcoming Sourav Ganguly as their director ahead of the season. But that is not helping much as well. If an IPL source to be believed, the franchise is likely to have a much leaner coaching staff next season and Ponting’s future with them looks uncertain. “Obviously, nothing will happen mid-season but the poor result for two successive seasons will have its share of repercussions when JSW and GMR, the two co-owners sit back and take stock of the season,” an IPL source tracking the franchise told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
The Delhi Capitals coaching staff currently has a bunch of big names in Sourav Ganguly as Director of Cricket, Ponting (head coach), James Hopes (assistant coach), Ajit Agarkar (assistant coach), Shane Watson (assistant coach), Pravin Amre (assistant coach), and Biju George (assistant coach). Speaking of the same, the source added, “So you will certainly not have this jumbo coaching staff next season for sure. There will be a few heads that might roll.”
Sehwag on Ponting
Reportedly Ponting’s role would be also examined as the had coach of the side. Virender Sehwag recently lashed out at former Australia captain saying, “I think I said before that Punjab have passed on the axe to Delhi, so now the axe has reached Delhi. When a team losses, the coaches are credited, so when the team losses, they should be held responsible. Even we said so many times that Ponting has done a brilliant job, took them to the finals, they now reach the playoffs almost every year now. He took all those credits, now he has to take this credit as well. This is not the Indian team where they take credit for the wins and for the losses someone else is blamed. There is zero role of a coach in an IPL team. The big responsibility is man-management and to give the players that confidence, but in the end, a coach looks good only when the team performs well which Delhi haven’t done it at all. I feel Delhi has reached that point where they are confused what should they do to change their fortune.”
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