Dhawan: Delhi Capitals showed character in ending home struggle

The pitches at Ferozeshah Kotla aren’t the typical T20 pitches this time and took getting used to, says the opener.

Shikhar Dhawan found the pitches at the Ferozeshah Kotla took time getting used to.   -  AP

Delhi Capitals occupies the second place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table and is one win away from sealing a place in the playoffs. It’s been a big turnaround for a club that has struggled to match up with the heavyweights in the last few years.

This season, struggles at home seemed to impede the side’s progress even as it ensured a successful away run. According to Shikhar Dhawan, the opener, pitches at the Ferozeshah Kotla took time getting used to.

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“Delhi pitches this time are not like the typical T20 pitches. It’s not easy to make big scores. It takes time getting used to and it’s important to understand the pitch. We showed character to win [against Kings XI Punjab] after a string of losses at [home],” Dhawan said at a promotional event organised by APL Apollo Tubes Limited, a sponsor of the club, on Friday.

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel and Trent Boult alongside Manimeghlai (first from left) and Shruti (second from left), two medal winners at the Special Olympics.   -  Special Arrangement

 

Looking ahead to contesting the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2019, he said, “I’m enjoying this tournament (the IPL). I’m happy with the way I’m performing for Delhi Capitals. There is no special planning from my side [for the World Cup]. I have been playing [One-Day Internationals] for a long time.”

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Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Trent Boult, and Amit Mishra were the other members of the entourage of players that were present in the event.

Manimeghlai and Shruti, two differently-abled women cyclists who won medals at the Special Olympics last month, were felicitated. Manimeghlai had won the gold-medal while Shruti had won the silver.