Delhi Capitals were conspiring to bench Tristan Stubbs throughout IPL 2024? Pravin Amre truth bomb shocks cricketing world

Updated - 15 May 2024, 12:08 PM

Tristan Stubbs
Tristan Stubbs (Image Credits: Twitter)

Young Delhi Capitals (DC) batter Tristan Stubbs opened up about his impressive half-century against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Tristan Stubbs stated that he struggled to score runs at the start during the recent match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

The Rishabh Pant-led team secured a 19-run victory in their final league-stage match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday, May 14. Tristan Stubbs scored an unbeaten 55 runs off 25 balls as the Delhi Capitals posted a competitive total of 208/4 in 20 overs.

Jake Fraser-McGurk was dismissed for a duck off Arshad Khan in the first over. However, Abishek Porel (58 runs off 33 balls) and Shai Hope (38 off 27) added a 92-run partnership for the second wicket. Porel and Hope set the platform for the middle-order batters.

Tristan Stubbs entered the game when the Capitals were at 111/3 in the 12th over. Stubbs capitalized on the start, ensuring a strong finish to the innings. The 23-year-old batter scored 57 runs off just 25 deliveries, including three boundaries and four maximums.

It Was Quite Tough When I Walked In - Tristan Stubbs

During the innings break, Tristan Stubbs revealed that he struggled before finding his rhythm. Stubbs highlighted his strategy of giving himself time initially and capitalizing later.

"It was quite tough when I walked in. I could not get myself on some intensity, it wasn't easy but once I got going, we got a bit of flow going and we managed to put those runs on the board," Stubbs said during the innings break.

"I always feel like I can give myself a bit of time and then catch up later on. Especially if you get one or two away, then the bowler starts to feel the pressure and you can get quite a lot of momentum," he added.

Stubbs has amassed 378 runs in 14 games at an impressive average of 54 and a strike rate close to 191. It's worth mentioning that the right-handed batter was part of the Mumbai Indians (MI) setup from 2022 to 2023 but only played four games during that time.

He Was Actually Harry Brook's Back-up - Pravin Amre

Pravin Amre, assistant coach of the Capitals, stated that Tristan Stubbs was initially Harry Brook's backup. Amre highlighted Stubbs' hunger for success, describing him as a player for the next five years with DC.

"Absolutely. If Harry Brook would have been there then Stubbs' chances... he was actually Brook's backup. That's also why I think it was important [at the auction] that we picked a very good backup," Pravin Amre said.

"We saw he had done very well in the South Africa league [SA20], contributing well in the winning team's [success] and we were very hopeful that he can [deliver]. He got a triple hundred in [South African] first-class competition also.:

"What we saw was that he's someone who can play against spinners very well, and that was the biggest plus [for us]. He also looks like he's very hungry for success, he's very composed, he always makes his routine very well, and is very focused. I can say that this is a player for the next five years [for DC]," he added.

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