Australian players may be a little worried after the suspension of flights from India, but Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said it was a “small problem” compared to the chaos caused by the second wave of COVID-19 infections here.
On Tuesday, Australia suspended all direct passenger flights from India until May 15 due to a “very significant” jump in COVID-19 cases in India.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also made it clear that cricketers are competing in IPL you will have to arrange for yourself to return home.
“There are revelations that our government has made to Australians in India returning to Australia. There are no doubt a few distractions, but the road for us and the Australians who are here is only a small problem,” Ponting told a virtual news conference. after his country lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by one run.
“Every day we think about what’s going on outside and we realize how blessed we are to do what we do. We hope there are a number of people in India who have enjoyed watching IPL cricket.”
Three Australian players withdrew from the tournament amid an escalating health crisis, while Mumbai Indian batsman Chris Lynn asked Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight to take them home once the event was over.
BCCI has already assured that it will make arrangements for the return of foreign players after the tournament is over.
A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has swept India and the country has registered more than 3 varnishes a day for the past few days, leaving health infrastructure in ruins.
As a result of the unprecedented health crisis, Indian and DC spinner Ravichandran Ashwin decided to take a break from the tournament to be with his family.
“It’s a really weird feeling among our team right now. We’re very aware of what’s going on outside and in India right now. Obviously, our hearts go out to anyone who’s fighting COVID-19 in Indian society,” Ponting said.
“And a player left us, Ravichandran Ashwin left to be with his family, so it affects, we talk about it more than most teams are.”
Regarding RCB’s one-time defeat, Ponting said: “Our last game went to the Super Over and we lost to RCB in one run. It can only keep you when the bigger one comes in the backend. We have three games in four days, we have to take our knowledge.
“The team is disappointed, but also proud of how the boys fought. We will not overdo it.”
The next DC will deal with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Thursday.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, who was bought by RCB for 15 kroner, said he initially did not cope too well with the pressure that comes with the high price.
“Somehow I ignored it in my mind and thought it would work, and I tried to focus on things I could control … for the first few weeks of the Australian series we played, I didn’t do it. I can’t. deal with the scale of the situation as much as I can, “he said.
“That (the price) is certainly no longer on my mind. Yes, the first month, probably six weeks after the auction, was tough, and I guess I’ve learned from what will keep me going.”