Dubai: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said competition for berths in the playing XI was getting intense as the franchise inched closer to its Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 opener against Kings XI Punjab.
Delhi Capitals will open its campaign in the 13th IPL in Dubai on Sunday.
Moved out of India due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, this year's IPL will be held in the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November.
Yet to win an IPL title since the tournament's inaugural edition in 2008, Delhi Capitals will enter the upcoming event as one of the contenders.
"Counting down the days until we start our season on Sunday. The boys have been outstanding with their training and preparation and competition for spots in the starting eleven is certainly hot. Exactly what you want as a coach," Ponting tweeted.
Counting down the days until we start our season on Sunday. The boys have been outstanding with their training and preparation and competition for spots in the starting eleven is certainly hot. Exactly what you want as a coach. @delhicapitals pic.twitter.com/4PHBDTAA3p
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) September 16, 2020
Under the Australian legend, Delhi Capitals made the playoffs last season and are confident of improving on that showing.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on previous edition's runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of the T20 event on Saturday.
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Along with a strong bowling contingent, Delhi Capitals have a formidable top-order batting lineup but the middle and lower-order seem vulnerable. Shreyas Iyer and Co could manage another fantastic season in IPL if they could paper over that crack.
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