He also understands the importance of IPL games as a source of joy and jubilation for Indian people in dreary circumstances.
Ricky Ponting, head coach of the Delhi Capitals, said the team had had a “ strange feeling ” amid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. In the past two weeks or so, the second wave of the deadly virus has put the Asian country in its grip. Every day, around three lakh cases are recorded and people are struggling to get hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
As for the Capitals, having won four of their first six games, Rishabh pants and Co are ranked third in the points table. Amidst the action on the ground, Ponting also expressed concerns about deteriorating conditions in India. The veteran has shared his views after DC’s one-point loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday at Narendra Modi Stadium.
We understand how blessed we are: Ricky Ponting
“It’s a really strange feeling within our team at the moment. We are very aware of what is going on outside and across India at the moment. Obviously, our thoughts are with everyone in India who is grappling with what is going on with COVID in society, ”Ponting said.
Previously, the Capitals had been shaken by a blow after their first spinner Ravi Ashwin left IPL halfway to take care of his family. “Ravi Ashwin left to be with his family. So maybe that probably affects us and we’re talking about it more than maybe, most teams are, ”he said.
Despite the hassle, Ponting expressed his gratitude for being able to play the game. He also understands the importance of IPL games as a source of joy and jubilation for the Indian people in dreary circumstances everywhere.
“There is no doubt that there have been few distractions along the way. But we understand how blessed we are to show up and do what we’ve been doing tonight. Hope there are a number of people in India who had fun watching a great IPL game tonight, ”added Ponting.
The Capitals are then set to shake their horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders, commanded by England’s Eoin Morgan, on Thursday April 29 in Ahmedabad itself.