At the latest edition of the IPL, the Capitals were more of a team with nothing to lose with the core built around the Gen-Next of Indian cricket. But by finishing runners-up, they now have a reputation to protect and an ego to satisfy.
In essence, Wednesday’s second qualifying match between the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders will be a nerve test for the players who are supposed to take on Indian cricket.
KKR is in the same place DC has been for the last two years. World Cup Winning Captain Eoin MorganThe team’s resurgence in the second leg of this year’s IPL in the UAE has largely revolved around the younger generation of Indian cricketers. Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman gill, Rahul Tripathi and Shivam Mavi have stepped forward in critical situations as well as Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Axar patel and Shreyas Iyer have done for Capitals recently.
“I think we would have an advantage against the Delhi Capitals,” Gill announced after defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday.
Confidence comes from familiarity with Sharjah Stadium, the venue for the match. “They (DC) are a really balanced team as we see it and hopefully we will give another cracker of a game. This was our third match here and we know what to expect from this wicket and I think now everyone is adjusted to how the pitch of game and conditions, “he added.
No one will bear the burden of expectations more than Rishabh trousers. He is someone who has evolved so drastically over the last year that he is being considered for promotion to the leadership group on the Indian team. In some ways, he has moved away from contemporaries like Gill, Shaw, and Shreyas Iyer.
The decision to give Tom curran However, the latest showdown against MS Dhoni the other night has drawn widespread criticism about his sense of the game. It’s not that he’s not used to harsh criticism. That has been the only constant in his career so far. Pant has done well to regain his form, but will now be judged more on his ability to lead a team in rough waters.
There is no denying that KKR has the momentum behind them. Sharjah’s tacky hue also suits your game. However, DC bowling has been outstanding in recent seasons.
Despite all the promise they have shown, every young Indian cricketer who plays on Wednesday, competing to cement a place on the Indian team, must show that he has the temperament to do so. Avesh, for example, has cracked under pressure twice in the last two games. Shreyas has struggled to get going. Venkatesh’s strike rate has dropped dramatically.
As the seasoned CSK awaits his rivals for Friday’s final, there will be a group of youngsters eager to show the world that they are ready for the next grade.