IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting revealed his pre-game ritual.© Capitals of Delhi / YouTube
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting’s rousing speech during his first interaction with the team earlier this week became a huge hit on social media, with fans drawing comparisons between him and Kabir Khan – a fictional character played by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan in a 2007 sports drama ‘Chak De India“. While comparing the two motivational speeches, fans also pointed out that Ponting and Shah Rukh Khan have a stubble addressing their respective sides. However, ahead of their opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the Delhi Capitals official Twitter account posted a video highlighting the only difference between Ponting and the fictional character Kabir Khan.
“The only difference between @RickyPonting and Kabir Khan is that the latter had a stubble during the #CSKvDC #YehHaiNayiDilli # IPL2021,” Delhi Capitals wrote on Twitter.
– Capitals of Delhi (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2021
When asked if he would keep his beard on match day, the former Australian skipper immediately denied it, saying it was a ritual he followed rigorously before every match. Explaining why he shaves before every game, Ponting joked that he was afraid if his wife saw him like that “she will probably divorce me”.
“No, I won’t. Because if I do, I think my wife will see me on TV and she’ll probably get a divorce if she sees this. I’m going to shave over the next few days. still a ritual of mine anyway. I don’t know if you noticed this, but I’m clean shaven the day before every game. So on the night of the 9th, I’ll definitely be shaving, “Ponting says in the video. .
Since Ponting arrived three years ago, Delhi’s capitals have undergone a remarkable turnaround. Ponting didn’t have the most starts as head coach of the Delhi Capitals as they finished at their lowest in 2018, but they made it to the playoffs next year, finishing third . The franchise took it a step further the following year, reaching its very first final in 2020.
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