Delhi Capitals bowling coach Samuel Badree believes the spinners will be important in the next match against Kings XI Punjab. The Feroz Shah Kotla’s track is a paradise for the spinners as the pitch is on the slow side. In fact, we had seen the same in the 34th match of the season when Mumbai Indians had locked horns with Delhi Capitals.
Amit Mishra and Axar Patel had scalped two wickets and gave away 35 runs in the seven overs they collectively bowled. On the other hand, Rahul Chahar snared three wickets and conceded 19 runs in his four overs quota. Furthermore, Jayant Yadav went wicketless, however, he conceded only 25 runs in his allotted four overs.
It is a slow pitch.
Samuel Badree said as quoted by PTI, “I think the spinners will be very important, especially here at Kotla we have seen that the pitch is a little bit slow. There has been variable bounce and we saw that against Mumbai Indians as well. Their spinners were very crucial through the power-play and the middle overs,” said Badree.
Samuel Badree believes Mumbai Indians was able to build the pressure with the help of their spin attack. Krunal Pandya was also right on the money as he took one wicket and conceded only seven runs in the two overs he bowled.
Spinners will be licking their lips.
“I felt they strangled us during the overs that their spinners bowled. In the first 13 overs of our innings, I think they bowled at least 10 overs of spin, so it was a lesson for us. In terms of overall team selection, we may have missed a trick there. But our bowlers had done a great job in our last game in very tough conditions in Hyderabad so we were 100 per cent backing them.
Meanwhile, Samuel Badree believes they will ponder over the selection in the next match against Kings XI Punjab. Sandeep Lamichanne didn’t get a chance in the playing XI against Mumbai Indians and he might get back into the final XI against Kings XI Punjab.
Sandeep Lamichanne might get his chance.
“But certainly the team selection is something to consider going into tomorrow’s match against Kings XI Punjab,” he added.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals had lost their previous match against Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs. In fact, they were in the shoo-in position but could not add finishing touches when Sam Curran scalped a fine hat-trick.
“We start afresh tomorrow as it is a new match. In this tournament, we play everybody twice so you don’t want to think too much about the first match whether you win or lose that game. You do take the positives and look to plan for the upcoming match, and try to execute those plans on the field.
Delhi Capitals is at the third position in the points table with five wins and four losses. The Delhi team has come up with fine performances with the help of their bowling unit. However, they need to pull up with their socks in the batting department. Delhi Capitals will play against Kings XI Punjab at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on 20th April.