We have to start over: DC's Ratra
The Delhi Capitals had a strong streak in the first half of the 2021 IPL, leading the table with six wins in eight games. When asked if the long vacuum of the 2021 IPL will break the team's momentum, Ratra said the team has the time and inventory to accomplish the same thing. The 39-year-old former Indian batsman and wicket keeper explained where the focus is on first training after the quarantine.
"See altogether it is very different because generally, it takes place in a single flow. The momentum we were having, we were progressing with great momentum. Now IPL 2021 is taking place after a break, so we will have to start from scratch again. That's why our franchise has kept this camp as well," said Ratra in a video released by the franchise on Saturday.
"So, we have sufficient time to get our rhythm back. Most of our players are busy playing international cricket so we will have to start from scratch. Fortunately, most of our players are playing international cricket," added Ratra
"Speaking about the break, even during a lunch break in days cricket, it can be difficult sometimes to get your rhythm back after it. Certainly, the break will make a difference. But hopefully, we have the camp and the time as well. We are spending a lot of time with the domestic players that are available. We have a lot of time with us, and with the help of the net bowlers and the facilities available, our team will get back in rhythm."
"We have started playing after a long break. For 12 days, we were in quarantine, 7 days in Dubai and 5 in Delhi. After that when we make a fresh start, we attempt to improve gradually. We paid more attention to the basics today. We were looking for
direct hits, and basic catching, flat catching and high catching so that the players get a little feel of their judgement. After that, we can slowly increase the intensity."
Ratra announced that head coach Ricky Ponting is in direct contact with all coaching staff regarding training in the UAE. We conduct a lot of Zoom meetings with the management in which the entire coaching staff is present. What time to start training, the duration of the training, our physios and trainers, Rajini, Patrick and Dhananjay are also there in those meetings. We discuss when to start training there."
"Also, when this camp started, the training program was shared by Pravin bhai with Ricky Ponting and the other
coaches. I too shared my fielding plans from the camp with everyone. We are in regular touch and there is a lot of reporting. Because it is very important for the coaching staff and players to be on the same page," concluded Ratra.
The Delhi Capitals begin their 2021 IPL second leg against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 22nd at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
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