Delhi Capitals pacer Harshal Patel believes that head coach Ricky Ponting's leadership and man-management skills have played an important role in the team's turnaround over the past two years.
"Ricky ensures that every player feels valued and respected in equal measure.
Irrespective of whether you are playing or not, he gives regular feedback to each person and makes them feel like an important part of the team," said Harshal during an Instagram Live session with DC's official handle.
The right-arm seamer also believes that Ponting's handling of players provides much-needed stability to the squad.
"In IPL, there are frequent changes in the team with new faces coming in each season. The support staff does a great job in creating consistency within the squad by ensuring that every new and old player believes in the ethos of the team.
"Once everybody is on the same page and each player understands their role, it becomes easier to gel and perform better as a team."
As uncertainty looms over this year's IPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29-year old remains confident of his team's prospects.
"The IPL will return when the time is right, and when it does, Delhi Capitals' will be the team to beat."
In the meantime, the pacer is staying focused on maintaining his fitness during the nation-wide lockdown.
"I am determined to not let my training suffer in this period. Luckily, I have some expertise in strength and conditioning, so I am using the limited equipment I have at home to stick to a strict fitness regime which involves 5-6 days of workout in a week.
"The key is to mix up your workouts to avoid monotony," said Harshal, who could only play two matches for DC in the 2019 season due to injury.
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Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday blamed the "careless" approach of his batting unit in the first 10 overs for the 33-run loss against Delhi Capitals
While Samson has copped up a penalty of 24 lakhs, the other members of the playing XI "were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their individual match fee."
Maxwell (56 off 37 balls and 2/23) produced one of his better efforts in the IPL while Harshal (4/17 in 3.1 overs), the current Purple Cap holder, removed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar off successive deliveries to defend a target of 165 without breaking much sweat.