Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer says his in a different way outstanding bowlers “missing it in powerplay” after a disastrous start prevented them from posting a challenging complete in the IPL last against Mumbai Indians. Losing three early wickets pegged the Capitals back as they could post only a modest 156 for seven. MI skipper Rohit Sharma then led his side to a comfortable win with his magnificent half-century. They raced to 61 for 1 in the first six overs that set a strong foundation for an easy chase. “It’s just the fatigue that crept in could also be, bowlers just missing it in the Powerplay,” a disappointed Iyer said at the post-match press convention. DC captain said he does not remorse his decision to bat first. After being reduced to 22 for 3, Iyer (65 off 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 off 38) stitched 96 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise the innings.
“I thought it used to be a very good decision (to bat first). When you enter the last, it’s very important to receive off to a good start and that is the reason what we lacked in this game. Obviously, there used to be pressure of getting a good score in the Powerplay. We had already missing three wickets so it used to be important that we scored runs and also save wickets at the same time,” he said.
“I think we reached to a very decent complete in the Powerplay and after that we capitalised there onwards and got to a decent complete until 15th over I guess but after that everything came down.”
Iyer used to be effusive in his compliment for his bowling unit despite an off day in the summit conflict. He picked purple cap winner Kagiso Rabada (30 wickets from 17 games) and veteran Ravichandran Ashwin.
“Polite, they (bowlers) have been outstanding all through. KG getting the purple cap, setting a great example for all of the bowlers in the team. Also Ashwin, he has got a great brain and he knows the strategies pretty mannered.
“Lot of positives to take from this series and I am in point of fact happy with the overall performance in this league. Definitely lot to remove and comeback stronger in the next season,” he said.
Analysing DC’s performance this year, Iyer highlighted some grey areas where he feels the team needs to work on before the next season. “We have been missing in starts in majority of the games. We have missing pretty early wickets in majority of the games, in order that’s an area we want to work on going forward.
“We also want to strategise our bowling plans because we have leaked numerous runs in the Powerplay, particularly in the second one half of the season. It wasn’t the most efficient of the bowling we did,” he said.
“But I am in point of fact happy with what we have achieved in the season. Obviously, majority of the things are going to be same in the next season.”
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