Cricket
Fri, 5 Apr 2019IPL 2019

Ricky Ponting labelled the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch as “our worst”

Ricky Ponting labelled the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch as “our worst”

Delhi Capitals suffered their second consecutive and third loss of the current season of Indian Premier League against Sun Risers Hyderabad.

The match was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday night. Batting first Delhi Capitals only managed to put 129 runs on the board with Shreyas Iyer scoring 43-runs for the team.

Ricky Ponting labelled the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch as “our worst”

Sun Risers Hyderabad managed to chase the total with nine balls remaining. Jonny Bairstow scored highest 48-runs for the team. However, after the match Delhi Capitals captain Ricky Ponting blamed the pitch for the team’s performance. He labelled the Kotla pitch as ‘Our Worst’.

“That wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsmen before the game, he thought that was our best pitch. By far and away it was our worst. You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was,” Ponting said.

I thought their bowlers adapted well to the conditions. They have very skilful bowlers in those conditions as they bowl knuckleballs and slower balls. We knew we needed to get off to a good start and unfortunately, we didn’t do that. We got some work to do. This is our home ground and we need to learn to play in these conditions better than the opposition. We definitely have to improve,” he said.

If the wickets are going to be like this, we need to think about our selection as well. Maybe our bowlers weren’t best suited to that wicket. It wasn’t as we expected, it wasn’t what the groundsmen told us it will be,” said Ponting.

Ponting also said that bad shot selection from the team led to low scoring total.

The shot selections did cost us right from the start. I don’t think Prithvi Shaw played a great shot considering how low the ball was bouncing. Some of our other senior players probably didn’t bat long into the innings either. One-thirty was short of what we were expecting. Even on a slow wicket, we expect our batting group to get 160-165 when we bat first. We need to talk about that and find a solution,” he added.

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