Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that Ricky Ponting should be able to deliver this time around considering this this his third season with Delhi Capitals (DC). DC, who have never won the IPL title, finished third in the previous edition, but could not progress to the final. However, Gambhir concedes that Mumbai Indians (MI) start off as favourites.
"Any team can win the tournament. Mumbai I feel is a favourite but all teams are equally balanced and I hope Delhi will do better in the coming days of the tournament," Gambhir told ANI.
"Delhi has not won this tournament till now so Delhi people will also love to see their team winning and it's the third year of Ricky Ponting with the team so he should deliver this time. I hope Shreyas Iyer and his combination will take Delhi to heights," he added.
The IPL is being held in the UAE due to the coronavirus outbreak in India and Gambhir is hopeful of the tournament being a success and all players follow the protocols set strictly. "I hope it’s a successful tournament and I think players will make it successful and they should follow all the guidelines as well which BCCI has applied it's going to be a good tournament," the two-time IPL winning captain said.
"I think a lot of moods will change and that's very important, a team will win but the important thing which will come out from this tournament will be that mood of the nation will change which is important as well," Gambhir further added.