Dubai: Having kick-started their preparations for the remainder of the VIVO IPL 2021 at the ICC Academy in Dubai, the JSW and GMR co-owned franchise Delhi Capitals is looking to make a fresh start for the final phase of the season, which is scheduled to begin from 19 September in UAE.
Ajay Ratra, who is currently overlooking the Delhi Capitals' pre-season camp along with Assistant Coach Pravin Amre, believes his team has sufficient time to get back into the rhythm for the second half of the tournament.
"It's a different season altogether, generally it happens in full flow, and we had good momentum in the first half. Now that it's happening after a break, so we will have to start afresh, and that's why our franchise has organized this camp a little early. We do have sufficient time to get back into the rhythm we had in the first half of the competition, and fortunately, most of our players have been playing international cricket," said Ratra.
Delhi Capitals had a great run in the first half of the VIVO IPL 2021. With six wins and two losses from eight matches, Delhi is currently on the top of the points table. When asked whether the long gap will break the team's momentum, Ratra opined, "Even in Test cricket, sometimes it becomes difficult to find the rhythm after lunch breaks. So, breaks do make a difference."
"However, as I said before, we still have time, and most of our core players are playing international cricket, so they might be already in a good rhythm. Whereas, those who are coming from a long break, are utilising this camp. We have been spending more time with our domestic players, and there are good facilities here, so we will hopefully find our rhythm soon," he added.
When asked whether the coaching staff is in touch with the Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting and Bowling Coach James Hopes, who are yet to join the team, Ratra said, "Yes, we have been in touch with Ricky and Hopes. We do zoom calls with Delhi Capitals management regularly, and everyone from the coaching staff attends it, including our strength and conditioning Coach Rajinikanth Sivagnanam, Physios Dhananjay Kaushik and Patrick Farhart."
"We usually discuss the kind of practice regimes we need to set. Also, when this camp started Pravin Bhai (Pravin Amre) presented the whole plan to Ricky and all the other coaches. Similarly, I shared fielding plans for this camp with everyone," Delhi Capitals Assistant Coach Ratra concluded.