It’s a wake-up call, said Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer as he urged his team’s batsmen, with the exception of an in-form Shikhar Dhawan, to take ‘more responsibility’ following a surprise Indian Premier League loss to Kings XI Punjab in Dubai. Delhi Capitals lost by five wickets after putting 164/5 on the board. Opener batsman Shikhar Dhawan continued to be in great form, and his sequence of scores now read 69 not out, 57, 101 not out, and 106 not out, the last one coming in a losing cause.
This is like a wake-up call for us. Going forward we are going to face tough situations and tougher teams. We have played amazing cricket in the past, but we have to leave that in the past, Iyer said at the post-match virtual press conference.
We have to come out all guns blazing, play with freedom and take more responsibility. We need a one match to qualify and keeping that in mind, we will take one match at a time, he added.
Against Kings XI Punjab, Shikhar Dhawan alone scored 106 while the quintet comprising Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer contributed 54 runs collectively.
I am really happy for Shikhar Dhawan for the way, he is going. He is creating an amazing platform for us as batsmen. We should be knowing our roles pretty well, the DC skipper Iyer said.
However, he feels that his batsmen are in a good frame of mind and the defeat was a one-off setback.