IPL 2020: Ricky Ponting may bank on Delhi Capitals’ youthful impact | Cricket News – Times of India


Over the years, Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) have invested heavily in youth. Just when the investments started paying off last season (a third-place finish) with Shreyas Iyer leading the team, the management decided to bring in two veterans in Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin.
While Ashwin is likely to add depth to the spin-bowling department along with Amit Mishra and Axar Patel on the low and slow UAE pitches, the induction of Rahane is likely to see a few awkward team meetings.

Australian great Ricky Ponting is a more result-driven coach and he likes impact players. The evolution of Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw is on top of his agenda.

The scenario is tricky. Rahane is eyeing a comeback in India’s white-ball scheme of things while Pant, who has led Capitals’ charge in the last two seasons, is hungry for a big season to cement his place with the Men in Blue. Finding Rahane a place in the top order (Rahane’s strongest forte) could mean Pant losing out on overs to make an impact.
Fitting Rahane in this batting line-up is going to be tough with Shikhar Dhawan almost certain to start as the preferred opener with Shaw. Iyer at No. 3 and Pant at No. 4 seemed to have clicked well for Capitals last year. Shimron Hetmyer is touted to take on the spinners down the order too. Ponting, who has backed someone like Glenn Maxwell over the years, would like his X-factors to get a longer hit in the middle.

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