Delhi Capitals veteran spinner Amit Mishra has given credit to head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly for having a positive effect on their performance. In fact, Delhi Capitals performance is palpable in the ongoing season. Delhi Capitals, who are generally the wooden spooners of the IPL are sitting pretty in the points table. Shreyas Iyer-led side is at the second position in the points table with seven wins from 11 matches.

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Amit Mishra hasn’t played all the matches for the Delhi Capitals. However, he has done a fine job whenever he has received his chance. Amit Mishra who is the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL history has scalped four wickets in the six matches he has played.

Amit Mishra | IPL 2019 |
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DC is in the second position.

“It’s been a collective effort of the team. No doubt they (Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly) have had an effect on our performance. They keep sharing their valuable inputs with the team and are always helping the youngsters,” Amit Mishra said.

“We are not dependent on any particular individual. Everyone is performing in one match or the other and is contributing towards the success of the team,” Amit Mishra said as quoted by IANS.

Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw has had a see-saw season thus far. The youngster has so far scored 262 runs in the 11 matches he has played. He has scored his runs with an average of 23.82 and strike rate of 132.99.

Shaw scored a fine knock of 42 runs off 39 balls against Rajasthan Royals and played second fiddle to Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s innings. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw had scored a fine knock of 99 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, which had gone into the Super Over. Shaw said that he is happy to contribute to the team’s cause.

Ricky Ponting | IPL 2019 | Delhi Capitals |
Ricky Ponting. Credit: IPL

Shaw is happy with his performance.

“Each player wants to perform in every match he plays. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. If I am not able to perform in a given match, I leave that behind. I am not a person who will think about the past. I go match by match. And even though I am not scoring 50s and 100s, I am happy that I am performing my role which is to give a good start to the team and score as many runs and possible in the Powerplay overs.”

Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada has revealed that there is a lot of positivity in the team, which is understandable as the team is doing well and all the player’s confidence is sky high. Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in the season as he has taken 23 wickets in 11 matches.

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“Currently, there is a lot of positivity in the team. We are focusing on positives rather than looking for our mistakes and weaknesses. So, we are taking this break as time to relax and focus on our strengths and thus it is a welcome one.”

Delhi Capitals will play their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 28th April in their own den.

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