Delhi Capitals' first appearance of the Indian Premier League final ended in a 5-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Despite the defeat, skipper Shreyas Iyer heaped praise on head coach Ricky Ponting, calling him the best he has worked with, so far.
The former Australian skipper, Ponting, has been the architect behind DC's top-notch performances over the last couple of years. The Delhi-based franchise finished fourth in IPL 2019 while this season they fell on the final hurdle but with plenty of positives to take for the upcoming season.
“I have mentioned it heaps of times, Ricky is probably the best I've worked with (so far in my career). The amount of freedom he gives us is amazing and I love being beside him. He's a confident coach, I respect him a lot. The way he's been conducting meetings and motivating the guys has been great,” he said.
Iyer also said that he's proud of his teammates for the efforts they put in the entire season and hoped of going one step ahead the next time.
“IPL always amazes you. Probably one of the toughest leagues. I feel overwhelmed playing in such a league. It's been a great journey. I'm very proud of my boys, it's not a small feat to reach the final. It's a great achievement."
"Winning the IPL is something more – one step ahead. We'll come back stronger and see to it that we win the trophy. I would just like to tell the fans that you have been a great support through the season,” he added.
With the team riggling at 22/3, Iyer led from the front and scored a gutsy fifty to take his team to a respectable total of 156/7 after 20 overs. He was equally complimented by wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who scored his first fifty of the tournament. The pair had added 86 runs for the fourth wicket.