Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer praised senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan for laying the muse of his facet’s 5 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab right here on Saturday.
“We acquired an excellent begin from Shikhar at present, it made it simpler for the batsmen to observe. He (Dhawan) has been giving us sensible begins. When you get 50 within the Powerplay it’s actually good and we acquired 60 at present,” Iyer stated of Dhawan, who made 56 off 41 balls on the high of the order.
Iyer, who remained not out on 58 off 49 balls, stated it was satisfying to see his staff by.
“Actually glad on profitable this one after shedding three residence video games. The way in which we performed, it was actually good to see. Dropping them (residence matches) was actually disappointing in the beginning however we recovered nicely,” he stated.
“Very satisfying to remain until the top. One of many high 4 has to remain until the top. I took the duty at present and hopefully proceed by the remainder of the matches.”
He stated the Kotla pitch was not fitted to the type of gamers his staff has.
“The type of batsmen now we have are on the rise gamers and who love the ball approaching to bat. However the pitch is basically gradual to play on. When you get set, you may get runs. At this time, I took the duty,” stated the captain.
On Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who took three wickets for 40 runs, he stated, “He (Lamichhane) is a really assured lad. When he goes for runs, he comes again sturdy. He’s fearless and constructive in his method. He advantages from Amit Mishra’s expertise additionally.”
Lamichhane recovered to take three wickets after Gayle’s early onslaught in opposition to his bowling. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA
Dhawan, on his half, stated, “Crucial for us to win this recreation. We need to qualify for the knockouts. We acquired higher at ending the sport, however I nonetheless really feel now we have to get extra higher.
“I knew that first six overs now we have to money in, after which I modified my technique. It’s working for me and for my facet.”
He stated on a gradual and turning wicket like this, the primary six overs had been essential.
“I give attention to my course of and, after all, I really feel that as an skilled participant, I talk extra within the center and ensure we don’t lose a wicket beneath strain. I speak to the boys they usually additionally speak to me.”
Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin stated the full his facet put up was slightly below par due to the dew.
“I assumed we misplaced just a few too many wickets within the center regardless of Chris (Gayle) enjoying an important knock. Disappointing (about Mujeeb ur Rahman’s damage) however now we have expertise within the dressing room to financial institution on.
“I assumed we had been giving a few of these delicate boundaries right here and there. If it was 12-13 off the final over, we might have fancied ourselves. Credit score to Shreyas, he held his nerve and noticed it by. We’ve misplaced plenty of shut video games and received just a few. We have to catch the momentum right here,” stated Ashwin.