Fans’ support is all that a player needs to keep his morale up even though the circumstances are not in his favour. And Anrich Nortje has received a similar heart-warming message from a Delhi Capitals fan which will surely boost his confidence before going to play the do or die match against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Delhi Capitals had a disappointing out in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians. Opting to bowl first, Ravichandran Ashwin had set the stage on fire for the side, sending Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard for a duck while breaking the partnership of Quinton de Kock and Surya Kumar Yadav.
However, the pacers-Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabad- could not carry the momentum, proving to be expensive in death overs. In their respective four overs quota, Nortje gave away 50 runs while picked one wicket, and Rabada went wicketless while conceded 42 runs. Both the proteas’ ineffective performance allowed Mumbai Indians to give massive 201 runs target.
Delhi Captials’s batting performance was more upsetting as the top-order batsmen, comprising of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, got out for a duck. The pressure mounted on the middle-order which failed to do the rescue operation. As a result, they lost the match by 57 runs. But luckily, they have the second qualifier to keep their maiden IPL trophy dream still alive.
Fans letter to boost Anrich Nortje’s confidence:
Even though Anrich Nortje had a bad day, fans have sent their full support to the speedster. A fan wrote in his letter that his insecurities of DC’s bowling attack had gone after Nortje’s inclusion. He added that as long as Nortje is there, they know that the team can defend any total.
“Hey Anrich, this is Kranti from DC Toli. Hope you are doing good. You have been amazing this year. The kind of pace you are delivering is amazing.
“I’ve been supporting Delhi Capitals from past 13 years and I never feel secure in terms of bowling but you made me believe that DC’s bowling can be lethal and now even if we’ve to defend 150 I sit back and relax because my inner voice says ‘Nortje will handle’,” the fan wrote.
If Delhi Capitals win the match against SunRisers Hyderabad, they will move on to play the grand-finale against Mumbai Indians on November 10.