Delhi Capitals’ opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan acknowledges that there will be a mental challenge in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 but he is confident that his franchise would lift the trophy this time around.
Last year, Delhi Capitals first time in the IPL’s history reached the playoffs but unfortunately, failed to grab the place in the grand finale. Seeing their combination and last year performance, many are expecting to be the new winners of the tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan, who also played his first season for DC in 2019, feels that a big challenge awaits for players as they will play a big tournament like the IPL after a gap of 5-6 months where they have played no cricket. But he is certain that the IPL 2020 have new winners and that will be DC.
“More than skill-based, it’s going to be mentally challenging, coming after five months and playing in such a big tournament. It will take a lot of courage, skill and everything for a team to start doing well.
Can there be a new winner? Why not? Someone was saying how every leap year there is a new winner. Hopefully, we will see Delhi Capitals lifting the trophy,” Dhawan told Hindustan Times.
Delhi Capitals has got complete side: Shikhar Dhawan
Talking about DC’s team combination, the veteran said that the youngsters in the team Rishabh Pant, captain Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shawa have matured and better understand the game. He also opined the inclusion of two seasoned players Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin have strengthed the squad. Shikhar Dhawan feels that they have got a complete squad.
“Prithvi (Shaw) is in good touch, he is a class player. And Rishabh, Shreyas and Prithvi all are maturing as well. And we have Ajinkya Rahane, Ashwin coming in… I feel we’ve got a very complete side. Especially at the start, the pitches are going to be nice, I am assuming,” Dhawan said.
As the whole event will be played in just three venues, the pitches will become slower as the tournament goes on in the UAE. Shikhar Dhawan believes that the Capitals have got enough batsmen who can negotiate the turning ball and attack the spinners.
“Playing only on three venues, we will get turning pitches as well. We got enough batsmen who play the turning ball well. We have Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul as well, and Lalit Yadav is a good bat and bowls off-spin,” he further added.
Delhi Capitals will play their first match against Kings XI Punjab on 20 September as the IPL 2020 begin from 19 September.