Delhi Capitals’ veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could return for the franchise’s fourth game against Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi Capitals will lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah, a venue that has been a run-fest so far. Capitals’ bowling coach Ryan Harris claimed that the 34-year old had encouraging sessions across facets and could seal a birth against KKR.
Ravichandran Ashwin played in the Delhi Capitals’ opening match against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai and bowled only one over. In the last ball of his over, Ashwin injured his shoulder while diving to save a run. That kept the off-spinner out for the next two fixtures as veteran leggie Amit Mishra played instead of him. It is worth noting that Ashwin took a couple of wickets in the only over he delivered.
Ryan Harris conceded that Ravichandran Ashwin underwent fruitful sessions last night, making excellent progress across facets. Harris revealed that there remains a possibility of his selection, provided there is medical staff’s clearance.
“He’s doing excellent. He had a really good session last night with the ball, bat and in the field. So he might be available for selection for tomorrow, but we are still waiting for our medical staff’s confirmation,” the 40-year old said as quoted by ANI News.
“15 runs not a huge gap” : Ryan Harris
After winning two games on the bounce, Delhi Capitals suffered their first loss of the current edition to SunRisers Hyderabad. The former Australian Test bowler highlighted that there is no reason to panic. Harris felt that the SunRisers’ batsmen ran better between the wickets; however, the margin of loss, which was 15 runs while chasing 163, was not as big.
“Coming off an unlucky loss, we just were not at our best for that game against the SunRisers Hyderabad. But, there’s no panicking by any means. When you look at it, a couple of balls during our bowling were a little bit of a miss and SRH probably ran better between the wickets, we didn’t run as well. But 15 runs is not a huge gap,” Harris added.