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“I broke three or four remote controls”, Ricky Ponting on DC vs RR No ball Controversy

Delhi Capitals who currently hold the seventh position in the IPL 2022 points table have won 3 games in total and struggle to give consistency this season.

Ricky Ponting on DC vs RR No ball Controversy

In their last outing, Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant leads the match to have a controversial end where he gestured his team players to return to the dugout after the on-field umpire refuses to signal the hip height delivery as no-ball.

Notably, Ricky Ponting missed the match against Rajasthan Royals after one of his family members tested positive for COVID19.

Controversy erupted when Delhi needed 36 off the final over and their hopes of an unlikely victory was fanned when Rovman Powell clobbered fellow West Indies cricketer Obed McCoy for three consecutive sixes off the first three deliveries.

The third six came off a high full toss from the left-arm fast bowler and the on-field umpires ruled the delivery was not above the waist and did not call a no-ball, which would have given Delhi an extra run and a free-hit on the next ball.

The Delhi dugout appeared upset that the on-field officials did not seek help from the television umpire to check the height of the delivery with captain Rishabh Pant seen waving to his two batters to leave the field.

DC dugout shouts for no ball(Image source: IPL)

Regardless, the DC eventually lost the game to concede their fourth defeat of the season and the side’s head coach Ricky Ponting, who wasn’t a part of the dugout due to Covid-19 concerns, opened up on the game.

Sharing his experience of watching the team’s previous match from quarantine, head coach Ricky Ponting said, “It was frustrating. I think I broke three or four remote controls and a few bottles of water might have got thrown into the walls and things like that (laughs).

When you’re on the side-lines, being a coach and you can’t control what’s happening out in the middle, that’s hard enough, but when you’re not actually at the ground, it can get a little more frustrating.”

Reflecting on the first half of the season, the coach also stated in a DC press release, “I’ve said it a few times this year where there’s 36 or 37 overs of really good stuff, and we just let it slip for two or three overs. And, that’s the difference in these games.

We sort of gear ourselves to not overtrain in the first part of the season, try and build up along the way. But our performances have been win one, lose one, win one. So, we need to start getting that little bit of momentum.”

Speaking about the upcoming second half of the season, Ponting said, “I know we’re so close to turning it all around. We’ve all got to trust, we’ve got to believe, we’ve got to stay upbeat and positive. And if we are, things will definitely change for us.”

Delhi Capitals will face Kolkata Knight Riders on April 28 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to play the 41st league match of the IPL 2022.

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