Ricky Ponting, the current head coach of Delhi Capitals and an Australian batting great, has named two prospects from his side that he believes will excel in the upcoming season of the IPL.
Ponting expects young Indian star Yash Dhull, who was named captain of the Team of the Tournament at last year’s ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, to build on his impressive domestic season and predicted emerging all-rounder Aman Khan as another player who may have a breakout event.
“Yash Dhull, the ex-India U19 captain has had a really good domestic season and I am hoping that he gets some good opportunity to play for Delhi Capitals through this season,” said Ponting on the latest episode of ICC Review.
“The other one is Aman Khan whom we traded from Kolkata (Knight Riders) for Shardul Thakur. He has been ultra-impressive in everything that he has done so far in our training camps and when we played our first practice game the other night he dominated that. I think he made 72 not out of about 38 balls and he is big, tall, strong and powerful.”
“I do not know what a lot of the other squads have got as far as young talent is concerned, but I know we have got a couple here that are very, very good and we are hoping to be able to showcase them as the season goes on,” concluded Ricky.
Ponting also provided his thoughts on the teams that will prove hardest to beat, acknowledging how evenly matched most of the teams are and believes this year’s event is the most open for some time.
He believes Rajasthan Royals have a really good squad and will be there, thereabouts.
Regarding the new playing conditions that have been introduced for this year’s edition of the IPL, Ponting believes they will take some time to get used to, and he is keen to see how opposition coaches adjust prior to his team’s first match against the Lucknow Super Giants on Saturday.
Teams do not have to announce their playing XIs until after the toss this year and can name four players as substitutes and can use one as an Impact Player during a match.
David Warner has been named the captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, stepping in for Rishabh Pant, while Axar Patel has been named the team’s vice-captain.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the franchise’s Director of Cricket.
Delhi Capitals will kickstart their IPL campaign against Lucknow Super Giants from April 1, and they will play their first home game against Gujarat Titans on April 4 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
2023 Delhi Capitals IPL Schedule Squad:
David Warner (c), Rishabh Pant, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Manish Pandey, Rovman Powell, Rilee Rossouw, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, Philip Salt, Khaleel Ahmed, Aman Hakim Khan, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vicky Ostwal, Chetan Sakariya and Ishant Sharma