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Suresh Raina almost like a new signing for CSK this year: Ricky Ponting

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has spoken highly of Chennai Super Kings ahead of their opening match tie in IPL 2021. DC, to be led by newly-appointed captain Rishabh Pant, and MS Dhoni-led CSK are all set to lock horns at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on April 10 (Saturday).

Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi, has spoken highly of their opponents ahead of their opening game against CSK. According to Ponting, having Suresh Raina back will be huge for the Dhoni-led side and will be like ‘a new signing’. The veteran left-handed batsman had pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“They have been one of the most successful teams in IPL history. They have obviously got a great leader and a great squad of players. They have always managed to play really consistent cricket. Last year they were probably disappointed with the way their season worked out,” Ponting said.

I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that Suresh Raina wasn’t there for the entire tournament. He comes back into the squad this year which is almost like a new signing. A great player and a very experienced player that they missed last year.”

Delhi Capitals coach Ponting believes three-time IPL champions CSK have a quite the squad for the 14th edition. While Ponting has spoken about the flexibility of CSK’s squad, he admitted that DC have no clue of who would be opening for Dhoni’s team.

“We have been looking at their squad and analysing their squad over the last week, and they have got a good squad of players together. They have got lots of flexibility. Even now, when we have talked about it for a week, and we are still not sure who’s gonna open the batting for them. So they have got lots of options. But at the same time, we have got a great squad, and we want to build on last season.” Ricky Ponting added.

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