Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting admitted that it was perhaps a ‘mistake’ on captain Rishabh Pant’s behalf by not letting off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin complete his full quota of 4 overs and instead give an over to medium pacer Marcus Stoinis in their IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Thursday. Ashwin, who according to Ponting had ‘bowled beautifully’ for his 3 overs, should have been given another over when the Rajasthan Royals left-handers David Miller and Rahul Tewatia were batting in the middle. “I thought he bowled beautifully, so probably it was a mistake on our behalf,” said Ponting in the post-match virtual press conference after DC lost the match by 3 wickets to RR.
Ashwin had given away only 14 runs in his 3 overs but surprisingly, Pant did not call him back for another over. He instead, decided to give an over to Stoinis which cost 15 runs as Miller hit him for three fours. Ponting said, he will 'sit down' with the team when he gets an opportunity after the match to inquire about the reasons behind not giving Ashwin his full quota. "That's certainly something that we will talk about when I get a chance to sit down with the team," said Ponting. The legendary Australian cricketer revealed that the senior off-spinner had worked really hard in the last couple of days after having an off day in DC’s first match against Punjab Kings. "He gave away only 14 in his 3 overs, hadn’t conceded a boundary. He had a disappointing game in the previous match. He’s worked really hard on his bowling to make sure that he gets things right in this game,” Ponting added. Batting first, DC were restricted to 147 for 8 despite a 51-run fluent knock from captain Pant. In reply, RR were at one stage 42 for 5 but Miller hit 62 off 43 balls to resurrect the innings and then Chris Morris smashed 4 sixes in the last 2 overs to take RR home with 2 balls and 3 wickets in hand.