Mohammad Kaif, Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach, has said that his side will be targeting to get better in chasing down targets in the second half of the league stage of the Dream11 IPL.
Delhi Capitals, along with defending champions Mumbai Indians, have been the side to the beat in the competition thus far. The Shreyas Iyer-led unit has won seven of their nine games but out of the two games that they gave lost, has come during a run-chase [vs SunRisers Hyderabad].
They, however, completed a tense run-chase in the last game against the Chennai Super Kings thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s maiden IPL ton and Axar Patel’s last-over heroics.
“We are very happy at the moment because in the first game that we chased, we lost against SRH. We couldn”t chase their target of about 160, but against CSK it was good, because it was a tough task to chase,” Mohammad Kaif told the reporters ahead of DC’s clash against KXIP.
“We were not chasing well so far in this tournament â€“ we were a defending kind of team. Our bowlers have done well so far,” he added.
“All the players have been fantastic for us”- Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif further reckoned the need for a team to have all-round performers, who can not only first and put a total on the board but also chase down any target.
Kaif said that the team is now focusing on getting better while chasing down totals before the crunch time of the tournament.
”To win a tournament like IPL, you have to be all-round performers. If you bat first, you have to put runs on the board, which we have been doing in this tournament. But if you bat second, you should be able to chase down the target,” he said.
“That”s the strength of the team and we want to achieve that kind of target you know, so that when we are put in to bowl first and chase a target, we should be able to do it.” he added.
The Delhi Capitals have been plagued with a lot of injuries this season but that has not derailed their charge, something that Kaif attributed to the teams’ brilliant bench strength.
”We have some experienced players in the squad and have good bench strength and of course we were a bit unlucky with some big injuries. But overall we have a squad to go all the way and so far we have done well,” he said.
“All the players have been fantastic for us, and it”s actually a great headache for the opponents. They would think how to plan against DC, who have got so many match winners in their squad â€“ to really contain and beat us on the day.” Mohammad Kaif signed off.