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Aim is to lead Delhi Capitals to IPL title: Rishabh Pant

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Rishabh Pant

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals Captain Rishabh Pant, says his aim is to lead his side to win the IPL title this season

“We haven’t won a title yet and I will try my level best to get a title this year. We’ve been playing nicely as a team from last two-three years and our preparations are going on well.” he said

“Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a Captain,” Pant was quoted as saying in a media release.

The 23-year-old wicket keeper-batsman who has scored 2,079 runs in 68 IPL matches, said that he is excited to lead the Delhi Capitals in this year and looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.

Pant acknowledged the influence of Head Coach Ricky Ponting on the team saying ” He(Ricky) has been so amazing for us in the last two-three years.

He brings energy to the team and as a player when you see your coach and you’re thinking this is the man from whom you can learn a lot, then nothing is better than that.

” Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.”
Pant said he is really looking forward to going toe-to-toe against MS Dhoni in Delhi Capitals’ first encounter against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 10 April .

“My first match as Captain will be against Mahi bhai. It will be a good experience for me as I have learned a lot from him. I have my own experience as a player as well.

I’ll apply my own experience and the learnings from Dhoni, and try to do something different against CSK,” Pant added
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Dahiya confident of his team’s continuing winning ways in IPL

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Vijay Dahiya

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals Head Scout Vijay Dahiya on Saturday exuded confidence of his team continuing with their winning ways as they take on four time champion Mumbai Indian in their seventh match of the IPL on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

Talking to Delhi Capitals media cell in Dubai ,Dahiya said. “I think it’s going to be a tough game because we are playing back to back matches, and the last two have been the kind of games that have taken a lot out of us.

“If you look, the numbers don’t really suggest the margin, but it has taken a lot out of the players mentally and physically. Mumbai is a top-class side, there’s no doubt about that. They have won the championship many times, so I’m expecting a good game against them and that’s what you want in this kind of competition – to play against the best.”

“I won’t be predicting anything at this point, but I know that if we play to our strengths, we are good enough to challenge or beat anyone and that’s what the whole idea is about – play to your strengths, the opposition will keep changing.

“We do respect whoever we meet in this tournament, but yes, more and more emphasis is on ourselves, and to just execute whatever we are practicing in the nets and planning in our meetings. If we can do that, we will get the desired results,” he added.

Asked about the demands of playing back-to-back matches, Delhi Capitals media release quoted Dahiya as saying “I guess there’s no doubt about back-to-back matches proving to be challenging. Barring Dubai, the travel for us is over two hours for each match, and that’s the main challenge you have here”.

Otherwise, when you are playing back home in India, there’s more air-time, and you end up getting up early and then traveling to another city. So I think it’s comparatively less taxing on your body here, and doesn’t push you to the limits compared to what happens when you play in India.”

“But yes, it is still demanding because we have different grounds, different mindsets, different surfaces and tough conditions. However, I believe our team is up for any kind of challenges thrown at them,” he admitted.

Talking about team’s performance against Rajasthan, Dahiya said, “It was a team game played by the individuals – you play your role, you play your part or sometimes you do something extraordinary, and this is the whole crux of this team.

This is what team is all about, that’s what our boys are doing. I mean we are not dependent on one person, every game you see a different individual steps up, raises his hand and delivers for the team and that’s what the whole quality of any team.” HSB

Delhi Capitals suffer a jolt as spinner Amit Mishra is ruled out of IPL due to injury

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New Delhi: Delhi Capitals’ IPL campaign suffered a jolt with its  experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra being ruled out for the rest of the  season due to an injury to his bowling hand.
 According to  Delhi Capitals’s press release, the 37-year old  spinner, who has played in all 13 seasons and has a tally of 160 wickets, the second highest in league history, sustained a flexor tendon injury to the right finger of his right hand while attempting to take a return catch of Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana on Saturday.

Mishra, who has three hat-tricks in IPL, has played three games this season, picking up three wickets. He could bowl just two overs in the game against KKR due to the injury.

The spinner  will now consult with a specialist over the next few days to determine the most appropriate course of management for this unfortunate injury.

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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.

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