IPL has created the ‘safest’ bio-hub for its participants, but Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says he’s also well aware of the ‘grim’ COVID-19 situation outside bubble in India and often discusses it with his players.
The great Australian, while admitting the IPL can be a welcome distraction in these trying times, said COVID-19 has dominated conversations within his team.
“This IPL, probably more than any other, is more interested in what is happening outside than what is happening here. We’re probably the safest people in the country, possibly because of the bubbles we’re in, “Ponting told DC’s” YouTube “channel.
“All the time I ask the boys at breakfast what’s going on outside and if their families are safe, happy?” It really is an important thing.
“I think that IPL in a situation that the country is in, cricket can bring a lot of joy to people,” he added.
However, it cannot be denied that the situation is quite grim at the moment as Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn from the tournament, citing the COVID-19 “fight” his family is enduring.
“Here in DC we talk about being a big family and it’s important that we think about the extended family, not just us here because it’s pretty dark. Yes, it’s hard for players to be away from their families and I can’t even imagine putting myself in this situation, ”said Ponting, known for his outspokenness.
In fact, he didn’t name Ashwin but spoke about the kind of mental state he was in before leaving home after the game against SunRisers Hyderabad.
“Guys living in Chennai, they’re actually home now but can’t see their family. It is incredibly difficult. The more we can share these experiences, the better off we will be, ”Ponting said after the victory against the Mumbai Indians.
“We can keep our fingers crossed and hope the people outside stay safe. The players can take care of their families on the outside and we can do whatever we can on the inside, ”he said.