Loss against RCB opportunity for players to reflect: Ricky Ponting | Cricket News

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting feels the loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last league match of the ongoing IPL has given his team a “chance to reflect” ahead of the playoffs.
After suffering a dramatic seven wicket loss against RCB here on Friday, Delhi Capitals will look to bounce back with a victory to make direct entry to the lucrative event final when they face Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 at the same venue on Sundays.
“It was a disappointing way for the game to end, and we lost the way we did, but I’m not unhappy about it at all. I think really, it’s a really good thing because it will gives the boys the opportunity to do that to reflect and think about how we can improve for Sunday’s game, “Ponting said.
“It’s a short change, so you have to forget about things and start focusing on the next game.”
He also called the loss a “step forward”. He figured that even though they lost, the team had played better compared to the last two games they won on the league stage.
“Much to like about the game, even though we lost. I think it’s a step forward. If you look at the last game (against Chennai Super Kings), it wasn’t a great performance, it wasn’t Mumbai game a great performance either, but we still managed to win those games.
“If you look at it, we probably played better tonight than the games we’ve won, so that’s the way I look at it for sure. It’s not about end results , it’s about the performances we were putting on the table, “he said. .
Australia’s great battingman is optimistic going into the playoffs.
“Prithvi played his best game tonight, Shikhar probably looked his best in the tournament, so there’s a lot to like about this group.
“As I said earlier, we’ve played good cricket, the challenge now for us over the next week is to play great cricket, and I think that’s just around the corner for us.”
Delhi Capitals, who finished IPL league platform 2021 at the top of the points table, have beaten Chennai Super Kings in their two league matches.
Speaking about their Qualifiers 1 match against MS Dhoni men, Ponting said, “I think we should be very confident. We have beaten them twice in the league matches, but as you know, the playoff games are completely different, and our tournament is really getting started. Now. ”