Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Delhi Capitals’ Assistant Coach Mohammad Kaif, has opined that the team’s performance in the first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second half of the IPL 2021 season will set the “tone for us”
“We have a well-balanced side as there are players with international cricket experience and domestic players, who have been putting in good performances. .” Kaif was quoted as saying by the Delhi Capitals in their media release from Dubai
However, he maintained that the ” clash with Sunrisers on 22 September is going to be crucial for us. Our showing in that contest will set the momentum for us”
“There has been a big break after the first half of the IPL, but we are fortunate that most of the players have been playing international cricket regularly.
Talking about the return of Shreyas Iyer, the assistant coach admitted that the batsman’s return is the biggest plus for the team,
“There are not many changes to the squad as compared to the first half of the tournament, however the biggest plus for us is that Shreyas Iyer is back in the squad.
“He is a fantastic player and he’s been playing well for us in the last couple of seasons. We are looking forward to seeing him play this season.”
Kaif informed that the roles of some of the players in the Delhi Capitals team may change because of the change in venue from India to UAE.
“We played well in India and now we have to carry forward our performance here in the UAE. The roles for some of the players compared to the first half of the IPL may change because the conditions are different here.
“We have to start afresh in the second half of the tournament. We are looking to get used to the conditions here in the next few days and also play a couple of practice matches,” the 40-year-old added.