‘Broke 3-4 remote controls’: Ricky Ponting recalls watching a ‘frustrating’ DC vs RR match, while in quarantine

Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting's family member had tested positive for Covid 19 and it resulted in the Aussie legend missing the game versus Rajasthan Royals.

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Delhi Capitals have been going through turbulent times recently. Delhi started off their IPL campaign well, But increasing challenges like delayed arrival of key players, injuries and the Covid 19 outbreak in the camp shook Delhi’s season. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, the Australian inclusions for the Delhi side arrived pretty late. DC’s challenges kept increasing as there was a Covid 19 outbreak in the camp as six players tested positive including Mitchell Marsh.

Moreover Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting’s family member had tested positive for Covid 19 and it resulted in the Aussie legend missing the game versus Rajasthan Royals. Delhi ended up losing the games by 15 runs. To get the season back on track they will have to qualify for the play-offs. To successfully book a ticket to the play-offs DC will have to win five of their seven remaining games.

Delhi‘s match against Rajasthan and sheer chaos as we witnessed one of the most dramatic ends to an IPL game. RR set a mammoth score of 218 thanks to a brilliant ton by Jos Buttler. In the last over of Obed McCoy, DC needed 36 runs off six balls. The first three deliveries bowled by McCoy were hit for massive sixes. The third ball was potentially a no ball as it was visibly over Rovman Powell‘s waistline. Umpire Nitin Menon did not signal a no ball which enraged the Delhi camp.

The controversy regarding the new ball ended up in sheer cues. The Delhi captain even signalled the on field batsmen Kuldeep Yadav and Rovman Powell to step out of the turf as a symbol of protest. Delhi assistant coach Pravin Amre stepped on the field and argued with the on field umpires. However, DC ended up losing the match by 15 runs.

Chaos for Delhi did not end there, as Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Pravin Amre were all fined for breaching the code of conduct.

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The incident frustrated Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

The quarantined Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting was watching all this drama from his hotel room and he mentioned that he had broken remote controls and threw water bottles out of frustration. He added that he was constantly communicating with the team management via texts.

“It was frustrating. I think I broke three or four remote controls and a few bottles of water might have got thrown into the walls and things like that (laughs). When you’re on the sidelines, being a coach and you can’t control what’s happening out in the middle, that’s hard enough, but when you’re not actually at the ground, it can get a little more frustrating. I am sending text messages every over, do this do that, things like that,” Ricky Ponting said.

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