IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan Calls Axar Patel 'Great Asset' For Delhi Capitals

IPL 2020: Shikhar Dhawan Calls Axar Patel ‘Great Asset’ For Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his first century in Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) by remaining unbeaten on 101 termed Axar Patel as a great asset after Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets. The all-rounder Axar Patel contributed both with bat and ball as their team won.

Delhi Capitals chased down 180 with a ball to spare and 5 wickets remaining after Axar Patel hit spinner Ravindra Jadeja for three sixes in the last over. Delhi now have reclaimed their no. 1 spot in the points table with 14 points from 9 matches with 7 wins and only 2 defeats.

Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan
Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Shikhar Dhawan: Me And Axar Patel Being Left-Handers Added Certain Advantage Against Ravindra Jadeja

Axar Patel hit spinner Ravindra Jadeja for three sixes as the team needed 17 to win in the last over. Ravindra Jadeja bowled in place of Dwayne Bravo who was injured after bowling 3 overs.

“We knew that the wicket was slow, when they were batting, we got to know about that. Our plan was to make use of the first six overs, unfortunately, we lost two wickets, we knew we were chasing a big target so we had to score regular boundaries and we all did a great job.

“180 was a good score, that’s why the match went till the end, the ball was not coming on to the bat, it was stopping a bit,” said Shikhar Dhawan during the post-match press conference.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credit: Getty Images

“I was always focussing on my process, I was playing well, I was staying positive and confident, I have a great deal of experience behind me, I was analysing what shots to bring in and especially with experience, I pick and choose what shots to play at what situation,” he added.

“Sam Curran bowled very well in the 19th over, his yorker execution was very good, dew was also there so we took an advantage of that as well. We knew Bravo would not be able to bowl the last over and it would be bowled by Jadeja. We being left-handers, we had a certain advantage against Jadeja.” 

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 101 after 2 successive fifties in IPL 2020. He now has 359 runs in 9 matches averaging 51.29.

Shikhar Dhawan: Axar Patel Has Been Great Asset As Delhi Are Playing Good Cricket

Batting first, CSK scored 179/4 as apart from Sam Curran and MS Dhoni, all the other batsmen contributed. Faf Du Plessis scored 58, Shane Watson scored 36, and Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 45 and 33 respectively.

Talking about Axar, Dhawan said: “Axar Patel has been a great asset, whenever we demand good overs from him, he does the job, he is normally very economical, having a quality all-rounder makes a big difference.”

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. Photo Credit: BCCI

“It is a great feeling, the best thing is that we are playing very good cricket, everyone is doing their job and it is a great sign for us, we all stay hungry and we make sure that we focus on the process, we guys make sure that we stay fresh as well and not overdo things in practice,” he added.

Axar Patel bowled economically and conceding only 23 runs in four overs at an economy rate of less than six per over. He remained unbeaten on 21 runs off five balls with the help of three sixes.

Axar Patel now has seven wickets in eight matches averaging 21.57. He has also scored 56 runs with the bat averaging 14.

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