DC full of ‘match-winners’, taking 2 points in each game our primary goal: Kaif

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/21/2020 11:08:20 AM


New Delhi, Oct 20 Ricky Ponting’s deputy in the Delhi Capitals camp, Mohammad Kaif has heaped praise on the team, led by captain Shreyas Iyer, and called them a bunch of ‘matchwinners’. And rightfully so, since in the 7 wins that Delhi have had this season, 7 different players turned out to be Man of the Match (Game Changer) across these games. DC toppled Mumbai Indians with 7 wins in 9 matches, on October 17, in a breathtaking chase led by opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and finished by Axar Patel’s exhilarating sixes, precisely 3, in the final over. Dhawan scored a maiden T20 hundred to successfully chase down 190 against CSK. Delhi Capitals will now lock horns with KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab, placed 6th on the points table, at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday, October 20. “We are very happy at the moment because in the first game that we chased, we lost against SRH. We couldn’t chase their target of about 160, but against CSK it was good, because it was a tough task to chase. We were not chasing well so far in this tournament we were a defending kind of team. Our bowlers have done well so far, but it was good to see Shikhar - the way he batted, and he had been doing so well in the whole tournament, but was getting 20s, 30s every single game. So it was good to see him also getting his first hundred in the IPL,” said Kaif. “To win a tournament like IPL, you have to be all-round performers. If you bat first, you have to put runs on the board, which we have been doing in this tournament. But if you bat second, you should be able to chase down the target. That’s the strength of the team and we want to achieve that kind of target you know, so that when we are put in to bowl first and chase a target, we should be able to do it. We have some experienced players in the squad and have good bench strength of course we were a bit unlucky with some big injuries. But overall we have a squad to go all the way and so far we have done well. “That is something we speak about in the meetings or in the nets. Ricky of course is very keen to have that mind-set he speaks about a player making an impact whenever he gets a chance he should win the game and that’s what players have done so far.” “All the players have been fantastic for us, and it’s actually a great headache for the opponents. They would think how to plan against DC, who have got so many match winners in their squad to really contain.

 

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