Delhi Capitals’ pacer Avesh Khan had an IPL season to remember this year as he emerged as one of the promising uncapped players. Avesh Khan ended the shortened edition of the lucrative league as the second-highest wicket-taker this year, bagging 14 wickets in seven matches at 16.50, maintaining an economy rate of 7.70. Of those, the 24-year old named Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as his favourite scalps.
Avesh Khan dismissed both the captains in Delhi Capitals’ game against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. After dismissing Super Kings’ MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers’ Virat Kohli, he bagged figures of 4-0-23-2 and 4-0-24-1, respectively. Khan’s incredible fast bowling performances were one of the significant reasons for the Capitals’ dominance this year.
Avesh Khan said that he was delighted after dismissing MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli since they both are legends of the game. The Madhya Pradesh-born paceman highlighted that he had no particular plan of dismissing Kohli and stuck between the off-stump and the fourth stump. Khan kept building pressure on the RCB captain via dot balls.
“Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were my two favourite wickets. I was really happy when I dismissed them because both of them are legends. There was no particular plan in getting Kohli dismissed, just that we wanted to stick to a line just between the off stump and the fourth stump. He is a world class batsman and looks to score runs so the idea was to build pressure with dot balls and it worked,” Khan told Sportskeeda.
Ponting and Rishabh had pretty clearly told me to be mentally prepared to play right from game one: Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan credited head coach Ricky Ponting and captain Rishabh Pant for backing him and asking him to mentally prepare to play from game one. The 24-year old recalled Ponting’s words as he supported him for leading the bowling attack, with Pant advising Khan to bowl fearlessly and set the field accordingly.
“Ponting and Rishabh had pretty clearly told me to be mentally prepared to play right from game one. Ponting backed me and motivated me by saying that I was capable of leading the attack. Rishabh too was very supportive, always used to have conversations with me and backed me to bowl fearlessly and set the field accordingly,” he added.