If DC don’t qualify for the playoffs, I have failed as a chairman, says franchise owner Parth Jindal
Parth also revealed that he and coach Ricky Ponting have set a goal for themselves this year.
Updated - Sep 19, 2020 4:26 pm
The Delhi franchise decided to change the team name ahead of the last Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a hope to change fortunes of the team. They also backed youngster Shreyas Iyer as the skipper while also offered consistent chances to the young players in the team. All the efforts bore fruits as the team made it to the playoffs only for them to lose to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second qualifier.
But many praised the side for the way they played and the expectations have risen this year. Rather many cricket experts believe, this is the best season for the Delhi Capitals (DC) to win the IPL. The franchise owner, Parth Jindal, however, is not thinking far ahead but is backing the team to make it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
He is also hoping for the head coach Ricky Ponting to work his magic. The former Australia skipper did a decent job last year and Parth has set a target for this IPL edition after discussing with him. Rather Parth reckons if the DC team doesn’t make it to the playoffs this year, he will consider his tenure as a chairman as a failure.
“Ricky and I had a long discussion about three weeks ago about the targets for this season. We have set ourselves the goal of making it to the playoffs. I personally feel that if Delhi Capitals does not make it to the playoffs, then I as an owner and the chairman of the franchise have failed,” he said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
DC to start their campaign against KXIP in IPL 2020
Meanwhile, the DC team boast of a strong squad with some of the top Indian players in their line-up. They have the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane and Alex Carey among others in their foreign contingent and will be hoping for them to go all the way.
The Shreyas Iyer-led side will begin their campaign against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday in Dubai and expectedly, will be keen on starting with a win.