Shreyas Iyer: Delhi Capitals looking to create history

The Capitals captain says the IPL Eliminator between his team and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be a “well-matched encounter.”

Gearing up: Shreyas Iyer (left, sitting) and Shikhar Dhawan (right) at a training session in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.   -  K. R. Deepak

The Indian Premier League Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be a “well-matched encounter” due to the absence of key players from both sides, Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has said.

Capitals will be without its key fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, while Sunrisers will be missing its prolific opener David Warner. Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in the IPL this season so far, and Warner the leading run-getter.

Both teams are locked at 1-1 this season, having won their away games against each other. “We have to take the confidence from our win against them in Hyderabad. They also beat us in Delhi, so both the teams are fairly confident, and it is going to be a tough match. However, they are also missing some of their players, and we are without Kagiso now, so it is going to be a difficult task as well, but a well-matched encounter,” Shreyas said here on Tuesday.

“They have a very good past in such situations but we are also looking forward to creating history,” Shreyas declared.

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Capitals finished with 18 points at the culmination of the league stage, but couldn’t secure a spot in the top-two due to a poor net run-rate; Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings also finished with 18 points.

On the other hand, Sunrisers, the fourth team to qualify for the Playoffs, possessed just 12 points.

‘Funny tournament’

However, Shreyas did not lament about the situation. “I think we should not think about that, it is how the tournament is. IPL is a funny tournament. Any team can beat anyone and we have seen that in the past editions where the team finishing on top of the table has struggled to life the trophy eventually. But even before the start of the tournament, we wouldn’t have thought that a team finishing with only 12 points will make it to the play-offs, but here we are. So instead you have to take all the factors in your stride, and play your best cricket on the day to come out on top,” he said.

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Sticking to the basics has been key to Capitals’ good run this season, pointed out Shreyas. “We don’t have to change much, we have to play the way we have been playing. We need to do the small things right, keep everything simple and stick to our basics, because that is what has helped us in coming this far. I believe the more you complicate things, the more difficult it is going to get for you, so that is what I tell myself and the team, to keep things simple, and believe that everything will fall into place,” he said.

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