Pant & Patel REVEAL how Ponting’s SPEECH CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC


IPL 2022: DC vs PBKS Live: Bogged down by six Covid positive cases, Delhi Capitals players were confused and nervous whether their match against Punjab Kings would take place. But Ricky Ponting’s motivational speech hours ahead of the match did wonders for them as DC trounced PBKS by 9 wickets. Captain Rishabh Pant and spinner Axar Patel revealed the message: Follow IPL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN

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IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting's MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players - Check out

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

“There was a lot of confusion because we learnt of the positive test in the morning (Tim Seifert). We were a bit nervous and there were talks of the game getting cancelled. But we spoke as a team that we must purely focus on the match,” Rishabh Pant said at the post-match presentation.

Later in the post-match press conference, Axar Patel revealed, Ricky Ponting’s message that charged up the entire squad.

IPL 2022: What was Ricky Ponting’s message?

“He said, we have to play the match anyway. So, we have two options — you can think of the positive cases and keep wondering about what will happen to your preparations or not worry about what is not in your control and prepare, stay committed to the match,” Axar Patel said at the post-match press conference.

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting's MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players - Check out

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

The cloud over the IPL game was lifted an hour before toss time after the BCCI confirmed that the match will go on despite a sixth Covid positive case being reported in the Delhi camp on game day.

Delhi Capitals team reached the Brabourne Stadium just 45 minutes before the toss. They were still in room quarantine when Punjab Kings reached the venue two hours before the match. But that did not seem to matter. Another round of pep talk from the former Australia captain charged up the entire squad as they shrugged off all poor shows and put up an all-round performance.

David Warner and Prithvi Shaw were in devastating form, firing the team to a big win after a brilliant bowling effort that restricted Punjab to 115. The skipper said that he never tries to give the duo any unsolicited advice.

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

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“Mostly, I like to leave them (Warner and Shaw) alone because they know their roles. Delhi Capitals has to go through every game. Results are not in our control, but we have to give everything in our games.

“On a wicket like this, after one or two overs, I saw the ball was stopping a bit and I thought I should use more spin. I thought 150 would be a good enough score to stop them at,” said Pant.

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

Before the match started, Ponting said he needed the leaders in the team to stand up after multiple covid cases interrupted their preparations.

“Things have been a bit interrupted with Mitchell Marsh being down with Covid and our session yesterday was pushed back. We have to turn up with a positive attitude and we know we have to play well in this game. With games like these and tournaments like these, you need the leaders (in the team) to stand up. So far in the tournament, Warner’s leadership has been great, Rishabh has been good,” Ponting said.

IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel REVEAL how Ricky Ponting’s MOTIVATIONAL message CHARGED UP Covid-hit DC players – Check out

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