Ricky Ponting    AFP
Ricky Ponting AFP

Delhi Daredevils would look for a revamped season in the forthcoming IPL 2018. The franchise started off the tournament very well by finishing in the top 4 on three occasions out of the first five editions. However, the graph only went down from thereon, and they haven’t reached the playoffs since 2012. Ricky Ponting, Daredevils’ head coach, doesn’t care much about what has happened for the franchise in the past, and promises an exciting brand of cricket by his troops. Daredevils play their maiden encounter of IPL 11 against Kings XI Punjab on April 8 (Sunday).

“I have told this to the management. I don’t care about the past. We have got a fresh group capable of winning the IPL. It is my job, management’s as well as the players to give the best crack possible. I can assure you the boys are going to be well prepared and if they can execute their plans on the field, there is no reason why we can’t win,” Ponting said in a media interaction.

“If they (Daredevils’ players) think I’ve been aggressive so far, I have not even started it”

“If they think I have been aggressive so far, I have not even started yet (drawing laughter). I have tried to be more motivational more than anything else. Tried to sort of get my point across that how important team culture and environment is. I understand there is already a lot of talk about aggressive cricket just because I am the coach. Actually, we have not even spoken about it till now. We have spoken about playing high-intensity cricket with a never say die attitude. Anyway, when you talk about aggression, you mean whatever you can do to win games.”

Many have felt that the combination of Ponting-Gambhir can go either ways because of their similar nature; i.e. aggressive. The former Australian skipper, two times World Cup winning captain, shed lights in this regard:

“I think our natural instincts (is to play hard) is to get ourselves into a fight and hopefully win it. When I say fight, it is the battle on the field. We are both batsmen and want to win the competition against the bowlers, against the opposition. I love seeing that out in the players. We will balance ourselves each other really well. It will be nice if we are able to bestow that same spirit upon the players,” added Ponting.

Sitting alongside Ponting, former KKR captain Gambhir too was excited about the season beginning Saturday.

“I started with Delhi and it is always great to come back to a place where you started. Hopefully we can the title this time, we have got the team that can win. Hopefully, I can finish my career here. It is a fresh start. The moment we start winning games, people will start believing in us,” concluded Gambhir.