Delhi Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting heaped praise on the Indian players, especially Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, but rued the lack of consistent performance from the rest of the batting unit during the IPL season.Delhi Daredevils notched up back-to-back wins in their last two round-robin matches and Ponting said his team could have been a threat to leading teams if they were consistent.We can’t blame the Indian players, they have been outstanding, we can’t complain. Prithvi Shaw, Sandeep are some of the talented players we have and I hope they will have a long and successful IPL career here with us.Ricky Ponting, Coach - Delhi Daredevils(For more news and updates from the IPL, click here to visit our special IPL 2018 website.)Ponting was also all praise for Rishabh Pant who has finished as the top run-scorer among the eight teams after the league stage of IPL 2018. Pant in fact accumulated 684 runs in 14 matches with the help of five half-centuries and a hundred.It’s been an outstanding season for him (Pant). Obviously he is wearing the orange cap right now and it would be great if he can manage to retain the orange cap by the end of season. It is great personal recognition for his season but if we had an even contribution from a few more of the top order we could have been a threat. Shreyas Iyer had a very good season but there was not enough consistency for our batting group to be up there with the leading teams.Ricky Ponting, Coach - Delhi DaredevilsDelhi handed the captaincy to young Shreyas Iyer after Gautam Gambhir stepped down citing poor form. Ponting himself had made a similar move as a player when he was captain of Mumbai Indians in 2013 and the team, under Rohit Sharma, had gone on to win the title that season.Here’s what he had to say about Gambhir’s decision.Gautam’s stepping down didn’t have any negative impact on our team. It probably came as a shock to the players and me. It was a courageous decision, you don’t see such a decision everyday. It gave an opportunity to Prithvi Shaw to play and Shreyas stepped up for the captaincy. It was a daunting thing to do to captain and I think he handled the challenge well. He is a tremendous young guy and I won’t be surprised if I see more leadership role for him in future.Ricky Ponting, Coach - Delhi DaredevilsGlenn Maxwell had a disappointing outing this season despite being given plenty of opportunities.Asked about the reason, the former Australia skipper said: "I wish I knew. I have spent a long time with Glenn over the years. A few weeks before this tournament, I did a lot of work with him, I spent time with him at the Australian team. He was man of the series there and was in good form."I think the thing that held him was the wish to play well. He missed the first game due to Aaron Finch's wedding. When he came back into the side, he was batting at number 5, he didn't play all that much in that position and he was frustrated that he didnt have an impact on the result for his team."Maxwell impressed in Australia's T20 tri-series tournament against New Zealand and England in February, with scores of 40 not out, 103 not out, 39, 31 and 20 not out."He is outstanding but he had a disappointing IPL this season. We did stick with him because every game for us, even though we didn't qualify, we were taking as a final and we wanted to put the team on a path that would give us best chance of wining and if you analyse the overseas batsmen Glenn Maxwell was going to be the best chance of a match winner for us.” We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.