Former Indian player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has praised the Delhi Capitals (DC) for their initial trouble due to COVID-19 and delivered a stunning performance against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their last match. However, several members, including the all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, had returned positive tests earlier.
While praising DC for their brilliant show, Chopra admitted on his YouTube channel: “There were clouds hovering around Delhi. There were fears that they might disintegrate and might not be in the right mindset to play the match.” He, however, added, “Forget the mindset; they absolutely battered PBKS, bundling them out for 115. Who does that?”
“Captaincy was really good. Lalit Yadav was brought on early and he sent back Shikhar Dhawan. Mustafizur Rahman picked up Mayank Agarwal while Axar Patel dismissed Liam Livingstone. Kuldeep Yadav also claimed two wickets in one over towards the end. Khaleel Ahmed has been claiming two wickets in every match. He has been very economical, incisive, and is picking up a lot of wickets.”
While praising Delhi’s bowling, Aakash Chopra added that their batting doesn’t look as strong as they seem to be depending too much on Prithvi Shaw and David Warner. Shaw and Warner have scored 93, 50 and 83 respectively. DC are currently sixth in the points table with six points from as many matches. They will next take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium today, 22 April.
“In the batting department, DC seem over-reliant on their openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner at the moment. Warner has three consecutive 60-plus scores. Shaw is batting well and will again be expected to perform. But it won’t be as easy against RR because there will be some mouth-watering head-to-head battles. After the openers, Delhi have Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant and Lalit Yadav. Rovman Powell is not scoring a lot of runs. It’s 50-50. Batting is a bit of a problem, but bowling is quite good,”