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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,” . 


Delhi Capitals has enough firepower to be title contender this time: All-rounder Axar Patel

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Axar Patel

New Delhi: All-rounder Axar Patel believes that Delhi Capitals  has enough  firepower  to  be  a serious contender for the title in the 13th Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) commencing in UAE from 19 September.

Talking to Delhi Capitals media cell in Dubai, the 26-year old all-rounder said the presence  of seasoned campaigners like  Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan will provide the team stability and the experience to  be a title contender.

“With the new changes, I think the squad looks good. With fast bowlers, spinners and all-rounders, we have covered all the bases and I think we can become champions this time. Everyone looks positive in the nets and we all are in good shape.” he said

The spinner,  slowly adapting to the new normal of cricket, talked  about the challenges of the new rules in the game and the IPL bio-bubble, 

“Obviously, with no crowd, we’ll feel empty. Then, the saliva ban is going to make a big difference for the bowlers. During initial practice sessions, I was being conscious of not using saliva or sweat on the ball. So, these are the challenges which we will have to be wary of” .

“Nevertheless, the positive thing is that at least we will have action-packed cricket after a long time, which is a good thing for not only us, but also for India. Everyone will enjoy the game with a different frame of mind which will be really exciting.” he opined

“We are feeling a little bad that we can’t enjoy the matches with our friends. After every two days, tests are being conducted. We can’t go out anywhere and we can’t sit for more than 15 minutes in anyone’s room, so these things are challenging, but slowly we are getting used to it.” Delhi Capitals media release from Dubai quoted Axar Patel as saying.

About the  match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, he  said, “First of all, it feels really good to be back playing on the ground after being off from cricket for a long time due to lockdown. 

“Since we are in the tournament week, it feels really good and the boys are in a positive mind frame. I feel I am practicing with a positive mindset. I have ticked all the boxes in bowling, batting and fielding, so I think I have prepared well enough.”  He added.