Under Pant’s leadership, Delhi have won only five of the 11 matches they have played so far. They had to face a crushing defeat by 91 runs at the hands of Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Pant has been criticized by former players like Virender Sehwag for his change in bowling and selection of bowlers at crucial junctures in the match, but former Australia captain Ponting said he fully supports Pant’s every decision.
“I fully support every decision he (Pant) takes on the field,” Ponting told reporters after the match. I have also captained in T20 and I know you don’t have a lot of time to think especially in high pressure situations.
“It is easy to make decisions sitting outside, but when you are on the field it is not an easy task,” he said.
Ponting said, “A captain takes decisions in a very short time and whatever decision he feels is best for the team in the circumstances of the match. He takes into account things like the distance of the boundary line and the batsmen at the crease while making decisions.
Ponting, however, admitted that his team performed poorly in all departments of the game in their crushing defeat against Chennai.
“Our bowling was not good. Our batting was also very bad. There weren’t too many positive aspects for us in this match. Only Khaleel Ahmed’s performance was positive. He bowled brilliantly again.
Ponting said, “We lost this match by 91 runs which will have a negative impact on our net run rate. It means we have to do very well in our upcoming matches.
He, however, said that Delhi’s team can make it to the playoffs by winning their remaining three matches.
Ponting said, “We can make the playoffs with three wins. For that eight wins can be enough and a big win can improve our net run rate. Who knows we may even reach the finals.