Delhi Capitals players who were part of the Indian team which toured England for the Test series have begun training ahead in UAE ahead of the start of IPL 2021.
Prominent names such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, and Umesh Yadav all took part in Delhi’s practice session on Friday evening. All the players have completed their six-day isolation period. Delhi Capitals will begin their UAE leg of IPL 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 22nd September at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Delhi Capitals seamer, Anrich Nortje recalled Delhi’s performance during the last season in UAE. He is hopeful that the team can replicate a similar performance in the upcoming matches as well.
“It was here where things started to happen for me in the IPL, but I am looking to take it to match by match this season. There’s a lot coming up, even after the IPL. We have to try and remember what we did here the last time we were here and try and implement that again. Hopefully, we can repeat what we did in the UAE the last time we were here,” said the 27-year-old.
The South African pacer also added that the upcoming matches are going to pose a different challenge than the ones in India. Nortje thinks that Delhi needs to be prepared for teams coming up with different challenges in the second leg of the tournament.
“What worked at one place is not going to work at another place so we have to take it game by game. The upcoming games in the UAE are going to be completely different from the games we had earlier in the season. Maybe teams will field different strategies in the second half of the tournament. We have to be switched on now and just be ready,” he said.
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