IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals As A Team Isn't Over Dependent On Any One Individual, Says Shikhar Dhawan
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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals As A Team Isn’t Over Dependent On Any One Individual, Says Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, senior opener feels Delhi Capitals are enjoying a successful IPL campaign because the team is functioning like a well-oiled unit and is not dependent on any one individual.

Rishabh Pant and his men have won five of their seven matches and are sitting second on the points table behind league leaders Chennai Super Kings.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: IPL)

Shikhar Dhawan: Entire Team Is Doing Well As Delhi Capitals Isn’t Depending On Any One Individual

Shikhar Dhawan has scored 311 runs from 7 games averaging 44.42 in IPL 2021 but according to him, the entire team is doing well and Delhi Capitals isn’t over-dependent on one individual.
True to his word, the likes of Prithvi Shaw(269 runs in 7 games), Steve Smith (80 runs in 5 games), Rishabh Pant(199 runs in 7 games) have done well with the bat while Chris Woakes (5 wickets in 3 games), Axar Patel (5 wickets in 3 games), Amit Mishra (6 scalps in 4 games), Avesh Khan (13 wickets in 7 games ) and Kagiso Rabada(5 scalps in 6 games) have delivered with the ball.

“We are performing very well as a team this season. We have won five out of seven matches, so we are in a pretty good position at the moment,” Shikhar Dhawan was quoted as saying in a DC media release.

“The good thing is that the entire team is doing well, and we are not depending on any one individual. There has always been someone who has taken the responsibility to win matches for us.”

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

“We have a strong side, and I am glad that we are in this position at the moment,” Shikhar Dhawan added.

The Delhi Capitals put up a clinical performance to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets in their previous game. Opener Prithvi Shaw lit up the match with a blazing 82 of 41 balls. Shikhar Dhawan, who had the best seat in the house when Prithvi Shaw struck six fours in an over against KKR, feels the youngster showed a lot of courage during his innings.

“It was lovely to see Prithvi strike six boundaries in one over in the last game. We got 25 runs in the first over and the game was over there itself. He made the game easy for me as I didn’t have to take any risks.

“Prithvi was in a good flow, and he backed himself to continue scoring runs in that flow, which I think shows a lot of courage he has as a batsman. His inning of 80-odd is bigger than many centuries because the manner in which he got the runs was of a different class altogether,” he added.

Prithvi Shaw provided a blistering start to DC in the chase in the IPL 2021 match. He hogged the limelight with his six consecutive boundaries against KKR pacer Shivam Mavi in the opening over. Interestingly, he is only the second batsman after his teammate Ajinkya Rahane to do so in the history of the league.

Shikhar Dhawan: Punjab Kings Is A Good Side And Delhi Won’t Take Them Lightly

The Delhi Capitals are set to take on Punjab Kings in their next match here on Sunday.

“The Punjab Kings are a good side. We cannot take any team in the IPL lightly. We have to make sure that we give our best and implement our plans properly every time we step on the field,” Dhawan said.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during the match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

“They are playing well at the moment and we respect that but, at the same time, we are looking forward to beating them and win another match in our campaign.”

Punjab Kings are no pushovers and has the likes of Orange Cap holder of IPL 2020 and IPL 2021(so far), KL Rahul(331 runs in 7 games), Mohammed Shami (8 scalps in 7 games), destructive Chris Gayle (165 runs in 7 games), Mayank Agarwal (161 runs in 6 games), Arshdeep Singh (7 scalps in 6 games), and Jhye Richardson (3 scalps in 3 games).

Debutant Harpreet Brar picked the wickets of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell of RCB and so Punjab Kings is a force to reckon with as their side boasts of several youngsters ready to deliver.