The great Australian, however, had no qualms about admitting that his team was outclassed by Horsemen of the Kolkata Knights in the second IPL qualifier here on Wednesday.
“I would love to stay with everyone,” he joked.
“To be honest, we have … it’s a fantastic group of people in the capitals of Delhi, the playing staff and the coaches have done an incredible job over the last few seasons. And I think our performances speak for themselves there. ”
After being restricted to 135 by five, DC lost to KKR by three wickets.
“We are disappointed that this season has ended the way it has. But yeah, obviously we know that we will probably only be able to retain three or four players.”
“So a lot of players will come back to the auction, and then I’ll do everything I can to bring as many people back into the Delhi Capitals family as possible, because like I said, it’s been incredibly fun, for the last three seasons, really for my.
“Getting all or most of the guys back together will certainly be one of my goals,” said the former Australian captain.
Ponting highlighted a lack of enough runs as the biggest factor in the team’s loss, and said the power play was the difference.
Rahul Tripathi hit an impressive six on the penultimate delivery after the opener Venkatesh IyerA brilliant half century to help KKR pursue DC’s goal of 136 and enter the IPL final.
“To be totally honest, looking back on this entire season, I think today is really the only game where I feel like we have been beaten.” Ponting he said at the post-game press conference Wednesday night.
“We didn’t hit well enough today, we didn’t get enough runs in the power play, we lost ground regularly in the middle of our hitting innings.”
KKR needed 10 runs from the last two overs, but Anrich Nortje eliminated the captain Eoin Morgan (0) with the last ball of 19, leaving the Knight Riders seven runs from the last six balls.
Shakib Al Hasan (0) and Sunil narine (0) were eliminated on the third and fourth balls before Tripathi hit a six from R Ashwin in the fifth installment to see his team at home.
“If it weren’t for (Shimron) Hetymer and Shreyas (Iyer) in the end, we didn’t see each other close to 130, so they’ve surpassed us, so we’ll talk about that when we get back to the rooms after this.
“It is disappointing for us to finish as we have,” said the former World Cup-winning Australian captain.
Two-time champion KKR will face three-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash in Dubai on Friday.
According to Ponting, the power plays in both innings made the difference between the two sides.
“Yeah. Look, I think the power plays in both innings were probably the difference in the game. I don’t think we have enough of our power play with the bat.
“I think we were 37 at the end of our power play, which was probably eight or 10 runs behind where we wanted to be.”
Ponting praised KKR starter Iyer and said he looks like someone who could be a “fantastic player” for the Knight Riders and maybe India in the future.