IPL 2019: Ponting wants Shikhar Dhawan to up the ante

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Ponting wants Shikhar Dhawan to up the ante.Ricky Ponting to Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has to up the ante in the powerplay overs as it will not be possible for Rishabh Pant to be the swashbuckler everyday, feels Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting. Dhawan’s batting has become a talking point as he didn’t score at a particularly good pace even in the opening win against Mumbai Indians.
Delhi lost to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their second IPL game on Tuesday night. Asking if he would have liked Dhawan to accelerate in this IPL, Ponting replied, “Ideally, yes you’d like that. But it obviously wasn’t an easy wicket wither for anyone to go in and strike, especially at the end of the power play.”

Dhawan’s strike rate has been less than 115 which is considered poor in T20 format of the game as his scores of 43 off 36 balls against (MI) and 51 off 47 balls against (CSK) would indicate. There’s a certain role that we want Shikhar Dhawan to play in this team of IPL 12 season.

“Even by his own admission, He would have liked to score quicker and more in today’s clash with RCB but at 15 over mark we are 118 for 2.” Ponting Said. We struggled to get 147 so it’s the backend of the Innings that I am sort of most disappointing in because I think we set up the front part of the Innings pretty well,” he added.

“No we can’t expect Rishabh to play like he did in Mumbai, everyday. No one can do that on regular basis. No one can go on hitting that way he has in the first game and get 78 off 20-odd balls in every game. But it was their for that to happen today. It wasn’t just Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram has an opportunity again today,” Ponting Explained.

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