IPL 2021: How Delhi Capitals plays Rashid will hold key, says Kaif

The Delhi Capitals assistant coach spoke about the Rashid Khan threat, the experience in the Capitals camp and more.

In 10 matches against Delhi Capitals, Rashid Khan has taken 13 wickets-AP

Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif felt how his team played Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan on a slow Chepauk surface will hold key in its IPL match on Sunday.

"The way we play Rashid Khan is going to be the key for us on this pitch," said Kaif in a team release.

Kaif added that batting on the pitch in Chennai has been difficult, but the experienced their batting line-up is certainly up for the challenge.

"Shikhar has been batting really well and Smith batted well in the last game. Amit Mishra bowled beautifully in the last game, and we have Ravichandran Ashwin as well.

"Marcus Stoinis bowled well with the new ball in the last match and the way Rishabh has been leading the side, especially on a turning track, has been a great sign," the former India cricketer-turned-coach said.

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When asked about all-rounder Axar Patel's return to the Delhi Capitals squad after recovering from COVID-19, Kaif said, "The balance of the Delhi Capitals squad is now perfect."

"He has been a key member of this franchise. He played a major role in the team finishing as runner-up last season and it will be no different this year. Axar, Mishra and Ashwin playing together will be a dream spin bowling attack for us."

Buoyed by its win over Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals will be looking to build on its momentum against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second match of the double header on Sunday.