Delhi Capitals have done most things right on the field and it seems the franchise are doing a great job, off it as well. On Sunday, the Capitals shared a heartwarming video of their players and support staff receiving video messages from their families as they spend their time in bio-bubbles in the UAE for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Delhi Capitals gave their players a pleasant surprise as they had initially called the players for a team meeting. Their CEO and co-owner Parth Jindal, in fact, began a presentation saying the franchise wasn’t happy with their performance.
However, as the videos started playing, there was a range of emotions in their team room. From head coach Ricky Ponting to their overseas and domestic stars, the entire squad got messages from their families. Marcus Stoinis’s reaction after seeing his family on the big screen is one of the highlights of the beautifully-presented video.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the sport is being played and watched. Families and close ones have always travelled with players for IPL in the past, but this year, not many players have travelled with their families to the UAE, considering the restrictions due to the pandemic. Players have been spending time in their hotel rooms, having to adhere to umpteen guidelines. Physical distancing has become the norm and quite a few have already revealed the mental impact of being in bio-bubbles.
Ponting acknowledges the sacrifices of families
Head coach Ricky Ponting thanked the franchise for their effort and said it’s important to recognise the sacrifices players’ and support staff’s families have undergone to make sure they are in the UAE to feature at IPL 2020.
“You know this is an unusual tournament this time around, the fact that we’re away from home for three months and whatever we can do, I think to bring ourselves closer to home and just be reminded of the sacrifices that we make but also the sacrifices that our families make to allow us to be here,” Ponting said while addressing the team after the video presentation.
“I think if we can think of that every day then I don’t think we’ll ever take a single day for granted.
“Just looking back at what’s happened the last couple of days with a good friend of mine passing, I think it is times like this that we need to just sit back have a think about how lucky we are to be doing what we’re doing and think about the sacrifices that people close to us make to allow us to do what we love doing.”
Delhi Capitals are on top of the IPL 2020 points table with 10 points from 6 matches. Shreyas Iyer’s men will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in a clash of the table-toppers on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.