Delhi Capitals (DC) captain, Shreyas Iyer reckons that his bowlers failed to do much in the powerplay in the IPL 2020 final after a disastrous start prevented them from posting a challenging total against Mumbai Indians (MI). Losing three early wickets after deciding to bat first, the Capitals only managed to reach a modest score of 156 for seven. MI skipper Rohit Sharma then led his side to a comfortable win with his magnificent half-century.
MI managed to reach a score of 61 for 1 in the first six overs that set a strong foundation for an easy chase. During the post-match press conference, “It’s just the fatigue that crept in maybe, bowlers just lost it in the Powerplay.” DC captain said he does not regret his decision to bat first.
After being reduced to 22 for 3, Iyer (65 off 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 off 38) added as many as 96 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilize the innings.
Elaborating the same, Iyer said, “I thought it was a very good decision (to bat first). Obviously, there was the pressure of getting a good score in the Powerplay. We had already lost three wickets so it was important that we scored runs and also save wickets at the same time. I think we reached a very decent total in the Powerplay and after that, we capitalized there onwards and got to a decent total until 15th over I guess but after that everything came down.”
Iyer also showered praises for his own bowling unit despite an off day in the summit clash. He picked purple cap winner Kagiso Rabada (30 wickets from 17 games) and veteran Ravichandran Ashwin.
Talking about his bowler, Shreyas Iyer said, “Well, they (bowlers) have been outstanding throughout. KG getting the purple cap, setting a great example for all the bowlers in the team. Also Ashwin, he has got a great mind and he knows the strategies pretty well. A lot of positives to take from this series and I am really happy with the overall performance in this league. Definitely, a lot to take away and come back stronger in the next season.”
Analyzing DC’s performance this year, Iyer also pointed out some grey areas for the team where he feels the team needs to work on before the next season.
Elaborating on the drawbacks of the team, Iyer said, “We have been lacking in starts in the majority of the games. We have lost pretty early wickets in the majority of the games, so that’s an area we need to work on going forward. We also need to strategize our bowling plans because we have leaked a lot of runs in the Powerplay. It wasn’t the best of the bowling we did. Obviously, the majority of things are going to be the same in the next season.”