Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel
Axar Patel [Photo-Twitter]

Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals lauded ‘unsung hero’ Axar Patel after the southpaw’s match-winning cameo against the Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Saturday.

Chasing 180 to win, the Delhi Capitals innings was spearheaded by Shikhar Dhawan, who put on a batting masterclass in Sharjah during his unbeaten 58-ball 101- an innings which included 14 fours and a six.

But, with 17 runs needed off the last over, Shikhar needed someone to step up and support him, which is exactly what Axar Patel did as he smashed Ravindra Jadeja for the sixes in the last over to seal the deal for the Capitals. Earlier, Axar Patel had just conceded 1 boundary during his spell of 4 overs.

”I was very nervous, didn’t know what to say because it was getting to the last over. I knew that if Shikhar stays till the end, we will win. But the way Axar struck the ball was amazing to see. Whenever we give the Man of the Match awards in our dressing room, he is always there. He is an unsung hero. His preparation is always on point and he knows what he is doing,” Shreyas Iyer said.

Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. [Photo-Twitter]
With seven wins after nine games, Delhi Capitals have almost qualified for the IPL 2020 playoffs. The side has been really consistent this season and according to Shreyas Iyer, the fact that the side has gelled really well and has embraced each other’s success and failure, in the same manner, has the reason behind their success.

”We’ve been gelling well as a team from the first day of our camp. We know the strengths and weaknesses of each other. We’ve embraced each other’s success and failure in the same way. I just told one of the teammates today that today the way he batted, it was really mesmerizing to see. Also gives me some breathing space as captain,” Shreyas Iyer signed off.

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