Delhi Capitals a win away from Playoff as pacer Rabada hopes for his team to be third time lucky in Abu Dhabi

 Harpal Singh Bedi

Kagiso Rabada

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals are putting behind their defeat against  Kings XI Punjab  and eyeing  to secure their place  in the playoffs as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their eleventh match of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Interestingly Delhi Capitals  have lost both their matches this season at Abu Dhabi and the   ace seamer  Kagiso Rabada hoped  that his team will be “third-time lucky at  this venue ” in Saturday’s afternoon match

Addressing  the media over a virtual press conference from Dubai  the South African pacer  asserted that  Delhi Capitals is confident and will come hard in this crucial  fixture, “I don’t know if I would call the loss against KXIP a wake-up call, it’s just a loss and losses do happen. So it’s not about panicking and trying to reinvent the wheel. 

“We need to assess where we felt we went wrong, which we have done already. We’ve talked about the game and where we can improve. Bearing that in mind, we need to realise what good came out of that game as well,” 

According to the  fast  bowler “Losses can happen so it’s just about getting back up, and getting ready for the next game. Having identified what we have done wrong and have done right, we just need to make some minor adjustments,” added the pacer who is . 

Rabada , who holds the Purple Cap with 21 wickets in 10 games, was asked whether he thinks his bowling can help the team lift the trophy this season, to which he replied, “I think it’s going to have to be a team collective. Look, we have had seven different Man of the Match awardees in the games that we have played. There are so many match-winners in our team, so it shows that all of us are hungry to win.” 

“I am the one who’s lucky to get the wickets, but everyone has been contributing to the side. All the bowlers, batsmen and even fielders have contributed in our good performances. You’ve got guys who have put their hand up, and it’s always been a team effort,”.

Admitting  that the bowling conditions in India and the UAE are somewhat different, Rabada said, “The conditions have been quite tricky here in the UAE because we are playing at the same venues. But we are playing on both fresh and used wickets so they all play quite differently.” 

“In Sharjah, it was really flat in the beginning, but then it sort of slowed down and the par score came down to 180. The par scores have remained similar in Dubai, but there’s a difference. 

Talking about  his bowling partnership with  Anrich Nortje, the 25-year-old said he enjoys bowling with his compatriot. “It’s awesome bowling with him, I mean he has done really well, he has got a lot of pace, he’s always willing to learn and always open to new ideas, and I think that’s a great trait to have,” . 

“Nortje  always gives his best for the team and at the end of the day we have a job to do, and I think we have done well so far. Hopefully, we qualify (for the playoffs), we are one win away, and then hopefully we can do it when it matters the most – in the knockout stages also,” . 


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