Indian Premier League 2019: Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting to guide Delhi Capitals
The Indian Premier League starts off on March 23 and the franchises are making last minute adjustments before the start of one of the biggest events in cricket. In the latest developments, former India and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the advisor for Delhi Capitals ahead of the 12th season of the IPL. Reports said that Ganguly will join the side about 10 days prior to the start of the event and will be working closely with head coach Ricky Ponting.
Ponting, as we all know is an Australian legend, winning two World Cups for his country. What we also know is that Dada and Punter are among the fiercest of rivals. While Ponting led Australia to dominate the world, Ganguly had plans to thwart the kangaroo threat. Both men are legends in their own right and seeing them working together would be very interesting. Of course, Ganguly and Ponting did share the dressing room together before – they were teammates at the inaugural edition of the IPL, before Ponting moved to Mumbai Indians.
It remains to be seen how the long-time rivals connect and help Delhi Capitals launch their IPL campaign. Meanwhile, Ganguly, who is also the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal was quoted by the media as saying: "I am very pleased to come on board with the Delhi Capitals. Having known the Jindals and the JSW Group for years, I am now excited to be a part of their latest sports venture. I am really looking forward to working with the players and the support staff".
Parth Jindal praised Ganguly and said: "Sourav is one of the most astute minds in world cricket. A lot of what we see in Indian cricket today was born because of Sourav. His aggression, positivity and never say die attitude are traits we want the Delhi Capitals team to imbibe. It is truly an honour that Sourav has chosen Delhi as his IPL team".
This will be Ganguly’s first association with the Delhi franchise. Once he joins the side, Dada will also be reunited with Mohammad Kaif, the assistant coach for Capitals and a former India player.