Shikhar Dhawan is not the captain of Delhi Capitals but is influence within the team as a performer & leader cannot be overlooked said Marcus Stoinis who is also equally responsible for guiding Delhi Capitals to the IPL finals.
Dhawan fetched 603 runs & Stoinis fetched 352 runs & 12 wickets have been the star performers for Delhi Capitals. They have played a big role in the team’s victory in Qualifier 2 against SRH on Sunday. “Shikhar’s been unbelievable and made some big hundreds. Even in the matches he has missed out, he has timed the ball well. He has really led the way for us this year,” Stoinis said at the post-match press conference.
Stoinis himself knows Dhawan’s immense knowledge of adapting to various situations. “He (Dhawan) is a leader within the team. He brings in a lot of energy and shares a lot of knowledge. He has really been good to me throughout this campaign. I am really proud of him“.
“He has made 600-plus runs this year. Hopefully, he has one big knock in the final left in him,” said Stoinis, who scored a power pack 38 runs while opening the innings for the first time on Sunday. Stoinis has earlier opened in the Big Bash League but in the IPL this was his first attempt after Prithvi Shaw’s repeated failures to score big runs.
“Ricky Ponting had spoken to me a couple of times about the possibilities of opening the batting. It just worked out and we thought this was the game to do it. In one of the games, I batted at No.3 and it didn’t come off as we were chasing 220,” he recalled.
DC also had a perfect fielding day as he removed Manish Pandey & Kane Williamson at right time with his stint of 3 for 26 runs in just four overs. “Bowling in this format is always hard and it’s more about planning and having a good idea before you get to the ground.”
Marcus Stoinis is the basic idea of T20 bowling more than taking wickets is containment. “Just be clear that in T20, you are not always trying to take wickets but control the run-rate and controlling the game builds some pressure.”