Ponting hopeful of beating Mumbai Indians in final
Former Australian player and head coach of Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting is confident that Delhi Capitals can deliver best in the final of IPL 2020.
This year’s edition of the Indian Premier League will be over by tonight with the final of the season in Dubai. In the big final, Delhi Capitals will be taking on Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians will be coming in to snatch their fifth IPL trophy win while Delhi Capitals will be coming into their maiden IPL final.
Both teams have finished at the top of the points table. But Delhi Capitals struggled more against Mumbai Indians in the league matches as well as in Qualifier one. Delhi Capitals lost all three games they played against Mumbai Indians this year. The last two games were so miserable for Shreyas Iyer and co. With these previous results, Mumbai Indians will be the definite favorites for the game.
But Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is confident in beating Mumbai Indians in the final. The former Aussie legendary cricketer said that Delhi Capitals will be having a great challenge from Delhi Capitals. “We’ve got enough firepower. I think if there’s a team Mumbai wouldn’t want to play, it would be us,” Ponting said on the eve of the final.
“But it’s about us, about how we turn up and how we play. We’ve been a long way below our best in the games that we’ve played against Mumbai so far. As I said, it’s been our powerplay batting. It’s probably been our death bowling against them a couple of times when they got away from us. If we rectify those things and play somewhere near our best, then absolutely I’ve got no doubt at all that we can win.”
Further, the Delhi Capitals head coach said that the batting in powerplay had let them down in some matches and now he looks confident with Marcus Stoinis who is given the role to open the innings. “Marcus has been dying for an opportunity further up the order,” Ponting said.
“Prithvi (Shaw) and Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) both being there made it difficult to get him up the order. But every time he’d been given an opportunity in the tournament, especially when he went in with 10-12 overs to go, he played really well. He opens in the Big Bash, I’ve seen him do some amazing things back in Australia at the top of the order. I think he’s a vastly improved player than he was 12 months ago. I think we’re all starting to see just how good he can be with both bat and ball. And he’s very good in the field as well.”