Former South African veteran AB de Villiers on Friday (May 10) credited Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) for reposing faith in youth. Consequently, the move has paid the rich dividends in the ongoing IPL 2019.
Now, Capitals which has struggled to make it to the final four since 2012, has emerged as a strong contender to lift the IPL title.
AB de Villiers calls Delhi Capitals vs CSK contest as ‘classic’:
Meanwhile, in the virtual knockout Capitals will face experienced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on May 10 at Vizag.
“It is a classic clash between youth and experience, between the fiery youngsters of DC and the ice-cold veterans of CSK,” de Villiers wrote in his column for the ToI.
The Delhi-based franchise has progressed with each defining performance. Now, they are a win away – to push themselves for making it to their first-ever final of the domestic professional T20 league.
Overall, they made it to the playoffs by sitting at the third spot with nine wins in 14 matches. They’ve executed their plans to perfection. Also, the head coach Ricky Ponting and team advisor Sourav Ganguly have had played a quintessential role in instilling confidence among the youngsters.
Young talent delivers for the Capitals:
Talking about the young pool of talent, de Villiers remarked the trust posed in youth has had helped Capitals to reap the rewards.
“DC have been gaining momentum. No fewer than 14 of their 24-man squad are under 26 years old. But expertly guided by Ricky Ponting and Sourav Gangly. Their investment in youth has been rewarded,” De Villiers wrote further.
The star batsman de Villiers has lauded Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw for bingeing in the stability. He added the quickfire knock from the wicketkeeper-batsman Pant has helped Capitals to make it to the Qualifier two.
Pant changed the complexion of the game while taking Basil Thampi to the cleaners in the 18th over. Before returning to the dugout, Pant faced 21 balls for his 49 which included five sixes and two boundaries.
“Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant have led their batting brilliantly. And it was Pant whose big-hitting took DC over the line in their eliminator against SRH,” de Villiers maintained.
In conclusion, de Villiers reiterated that Delhi is relying on a balanced bowling unit which has been in full rhythm.
Earlier, De Villiers, who himself represented Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which has finished as wooden spooners after winning just four games in the group stage fixtures.