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IPL 2022: DC team member tests Covid-19 positive ahead of clash vs CSK

The Delhi Capitals contingent has been forced into isolation following the emergence of a positive Covid-19 case in the latest round of testing on Sunday.

Although no official statement has been made either by the franchise or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it has been reported that a net bowler is the one to test positive for the deadly virus.

The incident came to light just hew hours before the Rishabh Pant-led DC was scheduled to face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their 11th match of the ongoing TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) season at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday (May 8) evening.

As per reports, a fresh round testing took place on Sunday morning with all members of the DC contingent confined to their rooms.

Notably, it was for the second time during the ongoing 2022 season that the DC team has been forced to enter into isolation as earlier, six members of the contingent including physio Patrick Farhart, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, keeper-batter Tim Seifert and three other non-playing members had tested positive for Covid-19.

Following the positive case in the cam, DC’s match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), which was originally scheduled to be held in Pune, was relocated to Mumbai.

Significantly as per the IPL guidelines, any person testing positive in the tournament bio-bubble would need to isolate for a minimum of seven days and to re-enter the bubble, the person would need to return consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.

Moreover, if a franchise had multiple positive cases, the IPL rule says that the team can take the field with a minimum of 12 players, including seven Indians and one substitute and in that case where 12 players are not available then the IPL would take the final call, which would be final and binding.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played ten matches, winning five and losing the remaining ones. The Pant-led side are currently placed fifth in the ten-team points-table.

We’re too good a team for our results to not change: Ponting ahead of KKR clash

With three wins and four losses in the first seven matches of the season, Delhi Capitals (DC) are currently seventh in the points table.

Reflecting on the first half of the season, DC head coach Ricky Ponting said: “I’ve said it a few times this year where there’s 36 or 37 overs of really good stuff, and we just let it slip for two or three overs. And, that’s the difference in these games. We sort of gear ourselves to not overtrain in the first part of the season, try and build up along the way. But our performances have been win one, lose one, win one. So, we need to start getting that little bit of momentum.”

Speaking about the upcoming second half of the season, Ponting said: “I know we’re so close to turning it all around. We’ve all got to trust, we’ve got to believe, we’ve got to stay upbeat and positive. And if we are, things will definitely change for us.”

“The harder we try from here, the harder it’s going to get. We’re just going to stay nice and relax and keep repeating things we’ve been doing. And then results will definitely come our way. We are too good a team for the results not to change,” he said, ahead of Thursday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

The Australian re-joined the squad at training after completing his precautionary five-day room isolation after a family member had tested positive for Covid-19. “I feel pretty relieved to be back outside again, actually after another five days locked in, and obviously missing the game,” he said adding: “Things didn’t go well in the game, we had a drama at the end. But, it’s nice to be back outside again.”

Sharing his experience of watching the team’s previous match from quarantine, the former Australia skipper said: “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 side-lines, 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.”

“There’s no doubt we’ve had it tougher than the other teams so far,” he said, on the COVID cases in the Delhi Capitals bio-bubble last week. “Hopefully, we throw that COVID stuff now and are on the other side. And it’s probably a really good definitive cut-off point – the halfway time of the season. We can reassess and readjust and get on with, hopefully, dominating the second half of this tournament,” he added.

The Delhi Capitals are set to take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match of the TATA IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday (28 April).

IPL 2022: DC head coach Ricky Ponting to miss RR game after family member tests positive for Covid-19

Delhi Capitals’ (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting will be forced to miss his team’s Friday (April 22) game against Rajasthan Royals at the historic Wankhede stadium.

Ponting will not travel with his side to the stadium as one of his family member, who was staying with him at the team hotel, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Although Ponting had tested negative twice howeve, as one of his family members has now tested positive, the former Aussie skipper has been now forced to serve a short quarantine as it is an only a precautionary measure to avoid any further spread of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, as per reports, Ponting’s entire family has been moved into a isolation facility while the DC skipper himself will be in quarantine for the next five days.

Revealing the incident, DC shared an official statement and also urged to respect privacy of Ponting and his family during these tough times. The franchise also informed that all the positive members of the contingent are being closely monitored at the moment.

“A family member of Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting has tested positive for COVID. The family has now been moved into an isolation facility and is being well taken care of. Ponting himself has tested negative twice subsequently. However, in the best interest of the team, the management and medical team has decided that he will remain in isolation for five days, as he was a close contact,” DC said in a statement.

“He will, therefore, not be present at the ground for tonight’s game against Rajasthan Royals. The franchise requests for Ponting and his family’s privacy to be respected in the current scenario. The condition of all individuals in the bubble who have tested positive so far is being closely monitored. The team looks forward to everyone’s speedy recovery,” the statement read.

Earlier, DC’s game against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Wednesday (April 20) was shifted from the MCA Stadium in Pune to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after multiple COVID-19 cases were detected inside the DC camp.

Later, the entire DC contingent underwent COVID tests on Thursday (April 21) and Friday (April 22).

Earlier, as many as six members of the DC camp, including two overseas players – Tim Seifert and Mitchell Marsh – had tested positive for the virus.

In the ongoing IPL season, the Rishabh Pant-led DC will now take on the Rajasthan Royals at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday (April 22).

With three wins and as many defeats from six games, DC are placed sixth in the points-table while the Royals occupy the third spot with four wins and two losses so far in the season.

Absolutely love to open batting for Delhi Capitals with Prithvi Shaw: David Warner

Senior Australia batsman David Warner is enjoying opening innings with his Delhi Capitals’ (DC) opening partner Prithvi Shaw in the most exciting IPL season.

Warner’s new opening partner, Shaw, is giving the team an explosive start up front in the most exciting season of TATA IPL. Shaw taking the pressure off the senior Aussie in the powerplay has earned him a lot of praise from all quarters.

Speaking about his new opening partner in TATA IPL, Warner said on Cricket Live on Star Sports: “I am absolutely loving it (opening innings with Shaw). Look how fast his hands are and his eyes are incredible. He’s taken my quick twos out of the equation because he keeps dealing with boundaries. It’s good that I don’t have to run too much. Well, he sets the tone for us from ball one.”

“In this format, it is very rare to see two guys go off, so that’s something we keep at the back of our minds i.e. to keep playing positive and to the best of our abilities,” he added.

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann also lauded the right-handed batsman from Mumbai for his aggressive batting in the ongoing tournament.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Swann said: “Prithvi Shaw is a box office. He’s having a simple game plan which is he’s going to try and attack early. He never just looks to scratch around in the first few overs. When he’s on-song, when he’s firing, he’s an incredible man to watch.”

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan lauded Shaw for his technique and claimed the young batter reminds him of Virender Sehwag.

“Shaw’s technique is amazing. He has this high backlift, which is very beautiful and that’s how he generates such great timing. He reminds me of Virender Sehwag. There is always a glimpse of Sehwag when he plays those square cuts, those pulls and those straight drives. He makes even the best of deliveries look bad when he hits those boundaries beside mid-off, going on the backfoot,” Irfan odserved.

“I think there are a handful of batsmen in today’s time who can play shots like him. He is one of the most exciting batsmen in limited-overs to watch. He is capable of scoring runs at a healthy strike rate even under tense situations. He is a perfect hitter,” he added.

In the ongoing IPL season, the Rishabh Pant-led DC will now take on the Rajasthan Royals at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday (April 22).

With three wins and as many defeats from six games, DC are placed sixth in the points-table while the Royals occupy the third spot with four wins and two losses so far in the season.

Helping the Royals excel on & off the field is Team Catalyst: Paddy Upton

Indian Premier League (IPL) inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) are preparing to play their seventh match of the ongoing season as they face Delhi Capitals (DC) on Friday.

Having rejoined the Rajasthan-based franchise for his third stint, Paddy Upton, who is serving as the Team Catalyst, sat down to share his thoughts on the new role as he looks to build cohesion and bring everyone together to create an environment which enables the team to excel on the field.

“As the Team Catalyst, my role is to help bring everyone together. In a new set-up, you’ve got 24 players and about 10 coaches that haven’t always worked together. So, my job is to try and get the players together – to understand each other, communicate better, understand the game plans and be clear with our objectives. And the same applies for the coaches,” expressed Paddy, addressing talks and opinions around what the role of Team Catalyst in cricket involves.

“It is about getting everyone aligned with our philosophy, with our game plans, and how we are going to operate. I think whoever can do that better and faster is probably going to, at least in the first half of the tournament, do better than other teams,” added the 53-year-old.

Asked to identify the difference between the roles of a mental conditioning coach and a team catalyst, Paddy stated, “As the Team Catalyst, mental conditioning becomes one aspect of it where you are taking care of the mental well-being and keeping them fresh. Whereas, when I deep dive into my role as the Catalyst, it involves other things which help me pull everyone together as a tight, cohesive unit.”

He continued, “It is very much man-management. But it also involves working with the coaches and aligning the work that I do with what the coaches are doing, and how that directly impacts training and on-field performance. So, man-management is one thing, and cricket expertise is another, and one of the arts is actually marrying them and making it a seamless process between the two of them.”

An important cog in the backroom staff, Paddy has guided some very successful outfits across cricket, and believes the key to creating a positive atmosphere also involves avoiding over-analysis. “I think it (analyzing players after every match) is a very old school and naive approach. To go talk to a player after one bad game about what they did wrong, is no longer the way forward. The nature of the game is such that sometimes things don’t go your way even when you play really well, and vice versa. So, we don’t go in and over analyze a bad over, or even a bad game.”

“Every game, we follow the same process within the team and look to focus on our preparation, our plans and our execution, which are the most important aspects for every team and every player.”

Giving insights on the kind of sessions he conducts within the group, Paddy said, “I have three different groupings that I talk to. So, during the start, I’ve done group sessions with all coaches and players together, where each of us will have a conversation and we walk away with personal game plans within the context of the whole squad.”

“Then I would sit with individual players and say: ‘Okay, so what are the areas you want to work on, where you need more communication and better understanding?’”

“Third is that sometimes I take it into sort of mini groups, where then I work, for instance, with the bowling or batting unit. So, to get a proper analysis of how we communicate and understand each other better, what questions have the players got for each other, etc,” expressed Paddy.

The South African also highlighted the importance of uniform messaging when dealing with the players. “Having a number of coaches with a team can sometimes dilute your messaging. However, that is where I come in. I can highlight and make sure that we are all delivering the same message to the players. Therefore, being familiar with what our philosophy is, and then aligning as a coaching unit is also important before we impart guidance to the players.”

“For me, what’s important is that every player at least has somebody who they can talk to about their game and be really honest about their game. It really doesn’t have to be me, it could be any one of the coaching staff here. And in fact many of them would have a coach or potentially even a mental coach back home in another team and I would really encourage those players to talk to somebody who is helping in keeping them in a good mental space,” he signed off.

DC allrounder Mitchell Marsh returns positive for Covid-19

Delhi Capitals (DC) allrounder Mitchell Marsh has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and will now need to isolate for atleast a week as per the Indian Premier League (IPL) guidelines.

Notably, the Aussie all-rounder is the third DC member after physio Patrick Farhart and one of the support staff members, to test positive.

On Monday, the entire DC squad underwent fresh round of RT-PCR tests and the BCCI will now take a call on whether the Capitals can travel to Pune to play Punjab Kings on April 20 at the MCA stadium. DC were supposed to reach Pune on Monday itself however, the travel was forced to be postponed.

As per reports, Marsh underwent two rounds of RT-PCR tests. Although, he tested negative in the first one, the second turned out to be positive.

Earlier on Friday, Farhart had tested positive for the deadly virus, a day before DC faced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). After the development, the IPL management had asked both the teams to maintain social distancing and not to shake hands during or after the match.

Significantly as per the IPL guidelines, any person testing positive in the tournament bio-bubble would need to isolate for a minimum of seven days and to re-enter the bubble, the person would need to return consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.

Moreover, if a franchise had multiple positive cases, the IPL rule says that the team can take the field with a minimum of 12 players, including seven Indians and one substitute and in that case where 12 players are not available then the IPL would take the final call, which would be final and binding.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played four matches, winning two and losing two. The Pant-led side are currently placed seventh in the ten-team points-table.

IPL 2022: DC postpones travel to Pune after player tests positive for Covid-19

In what could send the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into a tizzy, the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) squad has been quarantined after one of its player reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and the team’s departure to Pune for their next Indian Premier League (IPL) game has also been cancelled.

The Rishabh Pant-led side is scheduled to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their next game on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune.

As per a report in Cricbuzz, one of the DC player has tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Test and will now undergo further RT-PCR test to confirm the result. The incident has forced the DC team management to take the decision of quarantining the entire squad till the RT-PCR tests are conducted.

The player, who has returned positive for the deadly virus, is yet to be confirmed.

Couple of days back, DC team physio Patrick Farhat was isolated after testing positive for Covid-19 following which he was closely monitored by the medical team of the franchise.

Earlier on Friday, the IPL had issued a statement to confirm the first positive Covid-19 case of the ongoing IPL season.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played four matches, winning two and losing two. The Pant-led side are currently placed seventh in the ten-team points-table.

Australia’s Mitchell Marsh leaves Pakistan tour midway

Australian T20 star and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will be leaving his squad in Pakistan mid-series to continue his recovery from a low-grade hip flexor injury.

According to a statement issued by Cricket Australia (CA), Marsh will be released from the squad following an assessment that he would not be available for selection in the remaining three matches of the tour in Pakistan and will be flying to India to join his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC).

“Marsh will travel to India to link with the Delhi Capitals squad where former Australian and current New South Wales physiotherapist Pat Farhart will manage his recovery following an isolation period,” the CA statement read.

CA further said that the Australian team’s medical staff deemed it the most effective way for Marsh to recover as quickly as possible without having to interrupt his rehabilitation.

Commenting on leaving the tour mid-way, Marsh said he was dissapointed on the development and will now work on his recovery.

“Being able to focus on my recovery without the travel and isolation break is the best approach. I am disappointed to miss the Pakistan series but look forward to re-joining the Australian squad for our next tour,” Marsh expressed.

Earlier after winning the three-match Test series 1-0, the touring side won the first of the three ODI against the home side by 88 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday (March 29). The two sides will now meet in the second affair at the same venue on Thursday (March 31).

It was the blistering century of Australia opener Travis Head (101) which played a crucial role in handing the visiting side a win the first game of the series as he starred both with the bat and the ball.

Apart from Head, Ben McDermott played a 70-ball 55 run knock to help Australia put up a challenging 314-run target befor the Green Brigade. In return, the home side were bundled out for 225 runs in 45.2 overs, thanks to Adam Zampa’s foufer (4/38), Mitchell Swepson (2/53) and Travis Head (2/35).

IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals name Shane Watson as assistant coach

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday announced former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as their new assistant coach for the upcoming season of the lucrative league.

Watson, 40, will now join the DC coaching staff comprising Ricky Ponting (Head Coach), Pravin Amre (Assistant Coach), Ajit Agarkar (Assistant Coach) and James Hopes (Bowling Coach).

Commenting on his appointment, Watson said: “The IPL, the best T20 tournament in the world. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, first of all with Rajasthan Royals winning it in 2008, led by the incredible man Shane Warne, RCB and then CSK. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, and now coaching opportunities. It’s come to be able to work under the great Ricky Ponting. He was an amazing leader as a captain, and now to be able to coach under him. He is one of the best coaches in the world now. So, for me to be able to learn the ropes under Ricky, I am really excited.”

“With Delhi Capitals, they got great squad, now is the time to win their first title. I am super pumped to get over there, work with the boys, help them out as much as I can and hopefully, we can win the first title. Can’t wait to get over there,” he added.

Notably, Watson is considered one of the best all-rounders in white ball cricket. He has been a part of two of Australia’s World Cup winning campaigns in the 50 over format – in 2007 & 2015.

At the 2012 T20 World Cup, he was named Player of the Tournament.

Watson has represented his country in 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is and has over 7000 runs, and more than 200 wickets to his name in limited overs cricket.

In the cash-rich league, Watson has played for Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He has won the IPL title twice – with RR in 2008 and with CSK in 2018.

Watson has 3875 runs and 92 wickets to his name in the IPL and has often been hailed as one of the tournament’s best all-rounders owing to his consistency.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

Delhi Capitals sign RapiPay as Neo Banking Partner for IPL 2022

RapiPay, one of the fastest growing fintech company, was on Tuesday announced as the Neo Banking Partner of the Delhi Capitals (DC) ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

After the signing, RapiPay has become the first ever player in its category to partner with an IPL team for a sponsorship of this scale.

The RapiPay brand logo will now feature on the back of Delhi Capitals players’ helmets and caps. Making its debut in IPL with this partnership, RapiPay aims to connect with millions of cricket fans across the world.

Commenitng on the sponsorship, Nipun Jain, CEO, RapiPay Fintech Ltd. said: “We are excited and proud to be associated with Delhi Capitals, as it is a shared quest for success and excellence that brings us together. Cricket is the pulse of our nation and IPL matches are the most watched event on TV and OTT platforms in our country. Our association with Delhi Capitals will help us in boosting our brand awareness and further propel our Neo Banking initiatives pan India.”

“It is an absolute honour that RapiPay has chosen to make their IPL debut with us – Delhi Capitals,” said DC Interim CEO, Mr. Vinod Bisht, on the association.

“We are delighted to welcome them on boarding. I am confident this will be a successful partnership for both brands,” he added.

The latest partnership reinforces RapiPay’s brand building strategy and expanded commitment to grow Neo Banking to the list mile in India.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.