As India continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting admitted that the state of affairs exterior the IPL bubble is sort of “grim” and made an attraction to the gamers to “hold speaking” about it so as stay calm amid the COVID-19 disaster. “This IPL, in all probability greater than some other, has turn out to be extra about what’s occurring exterior than what’s occurring right here. We proper now are in all probability the most secure folks within the nation being within the bubbles that we’re in,” Ponting mentioned in a video posted on Delhi Capitals’ Twitter.
“Frequently I am asking the boys at breakfast each day how’s every thing happening the surface, how’s household, (is) household protected, (is) household completely satisfied. That is a very necessary factor,” he additional mentioned.
“It’s actually necessary, we’re fascinated with the prolonged household, not simply us, however we have to be speaking about what’s occurring exterior as a result of it’s fairly grim,” Ponting added.
The previous Australian skipper feels the continuing IPL can “carry quite a lot of pleasure” to the residents of India.
“Even with the nation being in a state of affairs that it’s, I believe cricket can nonetheless carry quite a lot of pleasure to folks,” mentioned Ponting.
“So, it is crucial for us to be doing what we are able to as cricketers and as coaches and as a franchise to placing on the very best present as attainable to offer the folks one thing that they’d wish to see,” he added.
Ponting admitted that its “arduous and tough” for the gamers to be away from their households whereas residing in the identical metropolis.
“It’s arduous for the gamers to be away from their households. I can not think about… Even when I put myself on this state of affairs, guys that reside in Chennai are literally house now, however cannot see their households,” mentioned Ponting.
“It should be extremely tough. So, the extra we are able to share these experiences, the higher off we’re. The folks that are not from India, the extra that we might be speaking to the locals about what they’re going by the higher off we’re all going to be,” he additional mentioned.
“We are going to simply hold our fingers crossed. And hope folks stay protected. That is an enormous factor for me: the gamers are taking the very best care of their households the place they’ll from the surface,” Ponting added.