This is your team: Ricky Ponting begins IPL 2021 campaign with rousing pep talk for Delhi Capitals players

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It's that time of the year when we get to hear those inspiring pep talks from Ricky Ponting at Delhi Capitals. The finalists from last year have made it a habit to give a glimpse of their head coach firing up the team and it seems the legendary Australian cricketer has come up with a cracker in the lead up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Ricky Ponting, who completed his mandatory quarantine period, and oversaw the Delhi Capitals training session in Mumbai. In fact, it was the first time Ponting met his wards after arriving in Mumbai earlier this month.

Delhi Capitals took to social media to share a clip of Ricky Ponting addressing the team, including newly-appointed captain Rishabh Pant who will lead the side in the absence of injured Shreyas Iyer.

"Ricky Ponting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this," the Capitals said while sharing the 4-minute clip.

I am here to win a title: Ponting in pep talk

"Something about me, right, that some of you guys don't know about me. 46 years of age, married, three kids from Melbourne. I've been in Delhi for three years. First year I was here, we finished last. Two years ago, we finished third. Last year, we finished second," Ponting said.

"This is a different Delhi than it was years ago, right? And the reason that it is, what all you guys have brought to the franchise. Not about me, not about coaches, it's about you, right? This is your team now. New skipper Rishabh, it's your team.

3 Days to go for our first #IPL2021 game and we bring you the video you've been waiting for @RickyPonting met the 2021 squad for the first time and his speech gave us goosebumps even while we recorded this #YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 #DCAllAccess @OctaFX pic.twitter.com/7e1341uj1F

— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 7, 2021

"This is about us making another step forward to winning the IPL. That's why I am here. I am here to win a title. We have been close, yes. There have been good seasons, yes. But there hasn't been a great season because we haven't won the title yet.

"My coaching has a pretty simple basis. You turn up with the right attitude, you put in the effort, you bring in the commitment, and you care, then you're sweet with me. Alright? They are going to be team values of ours, over the next couple of months," he added.

Despite missing Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals have a settled unit with several in-form players in their ranks. The former finalists will open their campaign against 3-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, April 10 in Mumbai.